National Trails Day Celebration set for June 2nd

National Trails Day Celebration

Each year, on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day is celebrated.

On June 2nd, Kalkaska, a North Country Trail – Trail Town, will hold a National Trails Day Celebration.  The Village of Kalkaska will partner with TransCanada, The Iron Belle/The North Country Trail, The Grand Traverse Hiking Club and The Kalkaska Conservation District.

We will begin the celebration with a morning hike along the North Country Trail.  The shorter hike will be 2.5 miles, and the longer hike will be 6.5 miles.  A bus will be available to take hikers from the Kalkaska County Civic Center Pavilion to the starting location of each hike.  The long hike departs at 9:00 a.m., and the short hike departs at 10:00 a.m.

Immediately following the hike, at approximately 12:00 p.m., there will be a brief presentation, marking the North Country Trail, followed by a free picnic hosted by TransCanada.

We hope you can join us and thousands of others nationally to celebrate our trails.

 

What’s National Trails Day All About?

National Trails Day is the only nationally-coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. Every trail beckons adventure and has a story to share with any person willing to discover it, and American Hiking Society believes these trail experiences can improve the lives of every American.

Each year, on the first Saturday of June, the American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.

By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies and most importantly, passionate trail advocates and stewards.

For more information on National Trails Day, please go to the American Hiking Society Website:  https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/#faq.

 

 

 

 

Renee Penny

Conservation Specialist, Kalkaska Conservation District

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