Thursday, June 10, 2010

New TRACK Trail in Pisgah National Forest opens Saturday

A grand opening of a new TRACK Trail adventure for children will be held at the Pisgah Ranger Station on Saturday.

The Pisgah Ranger District TRACK (Trails, Ridges & Active, Caring Kids) Trail is the third new TRACK Trail opened through the Kids In Parks TRACK Trails initiative.

The opening ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m. at Pisgah District Headquarters (on US 276 near Brevard). Children’s activities and guided hikes being held from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

TRACK Trail adventures are designed to help kids explore nature through the use of self-guided brochures.

The TRACK program is superimposed on existing trail systems and includes numerous adventures for kids to experience.

The Andy Cove Nature Trail on the Pisgah District is being used for this latest TRACK Trail. Motivational incentives or 'prizes' for participation are provided through registration on the web page, In this manner, not only are participants motivated to experience the first trail, they are prompted to either return or visit another TRACK trail segment in order to achieve the next reward.

Other TRACK trails are already located in Chimney Rock State Park and at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Visitor Center at milepost 384.

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