National Trails Day

posted Jun 3, 2011, 6:46 AM by James Wasson

National Trails Day

Where will you go? What will you see? How will you be inspired? National Trails Day, Saturday June 4!

Join your neighbors and make new friends on National Trails Day at your nearest national forest or grassland Saturday, June 4.

The Forest Service manages and maintains about 152,000 miles of trails and more than 6400 trail bridges within the National Forest System of lands. The trails are designated for hiking, biking, equestrian and motorized use year round. National forests, grasslands, and recreation areas join with a wide range of recreation and conservation education partners, as well as with local organizations and communities every year to host National Trails Day events on public lands.

National Trails Day came about as s result of recommendations by a presidential commission ordered by President Reagan in 1987. The Commission recommended the Trails for All Americans initiative to encourage communities and public lands to develop looped trails for community use. From this came the first National Trails day in 1993, bringing together events and programs nationwide. To date events have  been  held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For specific information on any of these or other events, search the NTD national events map at the link below to find events on national forests or grasslands near you!