Since 1993, the first Saturday in June is National Trails Day - and this Saturday June 6th is no different. Organized by the American Hiking Society, the day celebrates America's +200,000 mile trail network, recognizes the volunteers, organizations, and agencies that develop and maintain this vast system, and seeks to inspire and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get outside and explore the great outdoors. Now in its 17th year, National Trails Day is celebrated in all fifty states by thousands of people, and hundreds of events - including hikes, bike rides, site dedications, trail work, gear demos, horseback rides, photography clinics, educational workshops, and canoe and kayak trips - are held across the country each year.
To learn more about National Trails Day and search for events in your area, check out the American Hiking Society's helpful guide here.
Between hikes in New York City and dog walks in New Jersey, horseback rides in Utah and birding tours in Minnesota, trail work in Oregon and orienteering workshops in Florida, there is something for everyone - everywhere! So pack a lunch, grab a friend, and go exploring.
Me? I'm going hiking in the Adirondacks for the first time.
Where will you go and what will you do? Let us know.