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National Trails Day

Explore your backyard and beyond on National Trails Day - take a hike, go camping, or just enjoy the great outdoors!

Celebrate National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June by exploring the great outdoors! This annual event was created to promote access, maintenance and use of trails throughout the country. It's a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and explore nature while connecting with friends, family, or even solo. Whether you're an experienced hiker or new to the trail scene, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your hiking boots and join us in celebrating National Trails Day!

History of National Trails Day

National Trails Day Dates

National Trails Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1945</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Trail System Initiation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first conversations about a nationwide system of hiking trails in the United States took place.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1968</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Signature of the National Trails System Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Trails System Act, officially establishing the framework for a nationwide system of scenic, recreational, and historic trails.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Trail Awareness Heightens</div><div class='timeline-text'>Increased public and government interest led to the expansion and improved maintenance of the country's trail system.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Trails Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Hiking Society initiated the first National Trails Day to raise awareness and celebrate the vast network of trails in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Million Mile Challenge</div><div class='timeline-text'>To celebrate National Trails Day, the American Hiking Society launched the "Million Mile Challenge," encouraging hikers across the nation to log a collective one million miles on trails.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many locations hosted virtual events for National Trails Day, allowing more people than ever to participate from their local trails.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Trails Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go for a hike</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the day to explore a trail near you. Bring some friends, pack a lunch and just enjoy the outdoors!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Do something good for your favorite trails and help out to maintain and improve them.  You may even make some new friends in the process.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a camping trip</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take advantage of the holiday and plan a camping trip!  Look for trails that lead to a campground or find an area you can set up your own tent.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take photos</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack up your camera and document your journey along the trails.  Capture the beauty of nature and create some beautiful memories.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Bring some snacks and enjoy a picnic along the trail.  It's a great way to spend quality time with family and friends.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Trails Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Trail walking is good for your health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Going on a hike can help boost cardiovascular health, strengthen the body and reduce stress. Plus, you get to experience nature up close and admire its beauty - something that many people don't often get to do in their daily lives!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Trails are educational</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Taking a walk in the woods can be an incredibly educational experience. Not only will you learn more about plants, animals, geology and other aspects of nature, but you'll also deepen your understanding of local culture and history by observing landmarks and features along the way.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>You can explore with friends and family</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>It's always more fun to take a hike with friends or family members in tow! Whether it's just a leisurely stroll or an all day adventure, nothing beats getting out into nature with newfound comrades. It's a great opportunity to bond over shared experiences and create new memories!</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts for National Trails Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The United States Boasts More Than 200,000 Miles of Trails</h3><p class='facts-content'>There's no shortage of paths to explore in the U.S. with a wide array of trails, each offering unique terrains, beautiful sites and diverse areas to explore.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Teenagers Built Many of the Country’s Trails</h3><p class='facts-content'>During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps. hired young men to build trails and parks, creating many of today's popular hiking destinations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Appalachian Trail is one of the Longest Continuous Footpaths in the World</h3><p class='facts-content'>Stretching over 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine, it attracts millions of hikers each year who take on small portions or the entire trail.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Trail Uses Go Beyond Just Hiking</h3><p class='facts-content'>Trails also provide opportunities for biking, bird watching, geocaching, horseback riding, cross country skiing and more, making them multi-use resources.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Hiking Benefits Mental Health</h3><p class='facts-content'>Beyond physical benefits, hiking can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, making trails not just paths in nature, but pathways to improved mental health.</p></div></div>

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