National Trails Day takes place on the first Saturday in June and recognizes all of the incredible benefits federal, state, and local trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature.
“Bringing families together for the opportunity to bond and build outdoor skills is truly important and National Trails Day focuses on that connection while educating park visitors about the wide variety of services offered by trail systems,” Virginia State Parks Superintendent Dr. Melissa Baker said. .
The trails provide access to the waterways for canoeing and paddling trips, unique opportunities for bird watching and learning land navigation as well as using the trails for hiking and biking.
Events are held at all 41 of Virginia’s state parks to promote awareness and encourage people to experience their local trails.
“Virginia State Parks offers a range of programs to educate and connect with the local community that highlight the state’s scenic trails,” said David Gunnells, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park Superintendent. . “We are offering guests the opportunity to give back to the park and help clean up the trails with a ranger on June 4th. National Trails Day is a perfect way to combine enjoying the outdoors while cleaning up the trails you love.”
National Trails Day is also a time to thank the many volunteers, land agencies, trail developers, park staff and rangers for their help in trail development and maintenance.
Here are some events to consider:
- Pocahontas National Park trail cleanup in Chesterfield
- Hike to Clinch River State Park Falls in Saint Paul
- Hike a forest trail at Chippokes State Park in Surry County
- “Hike” on a water trail at Widewater State Park in Stafford
- Volunteer for the Trash Patrol at Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland
- Tunnel and cave tours at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield
- Maintaining the Hoover Mountain Bike Trail at New River Trail State Park in Allisonia
- Cleaning up trail debris at Staunton River State Park in Scottsburg
Check out an event at your local park.
The American Hiking Society offers other ways to get involved.
For more information on Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make reservations at one of more than 1,800 campsites or 300 air-conditioned cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.