Blaze Trails, Enjoy Nature Near Home

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Do you know what kind of natural wonders live right outside your door? If not, June 3rd is the day to explore. It’s the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, a two-decade-old celebration of the great outdoors right at home.

Started in 1993 with hundreds of US organizations participating, 2012 marked the 20th anniversary and growth to more than 150,000 participants at over 2,000 events across the nation. This year promises to be an even bigger success.

Always celebrated on the first Saturday in June, the day “aims to highlight the important work thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America’s trails,” according to the AHS website. Besides giving thanks to volunteers, the day also marks a great chance for people to learn about and experience the trails in their area through guided events and excursions.

Anyone can host and organize a National Trails Day event, and the AHS provides tools and tips for making yours a success. From hiking, to biking, birding, photography, paddling, trail running, dedications, and more, events are both active and commemorative, recognizing those that make the day possible and allowing everyone to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

For more information about National Trails Day visit www.americanhiking.org. You can search by state to find events near you.