Since 1933, the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day has celebrated our most basic form of transportation. North Carolina’s state parks system joins this June 7th celebration with more than two dozen events to discover, enjoy and help build trails around the state.
Volunteers can also help create new trails at Elk Knob, New River and Crowders Mountain state parks on June 7th. Also, the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will have workdays at several locations along the 1,000-mile route from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. Details about volunteering near Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem and Asheville are at www.ncmst.org.
National Trials Day evolved from a popular ethos among trail advocates wanting to unlock the potential of America’s trails, transforming them from a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails. To that end, the Trails Program of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation is staging the North Carolina Trails Workshop June 4-5 in Raleigh. The seminar will bring together trail planners, volunteers, parks and recreation professionals and interested citizens in a forum where ideas, tools and trail visions can be shared.
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