National Trails Day

National Trails Day

Did you know that this past weekend marked National Trails Day, June 4th?  The United States has celebrated this event each year since 1993.  The holiday is set to inspire people to seek out and learn more about the country’s trail system and get moving on their next hike.

Events were planned throughout the country and included the likes of new trail dedications, educational exhibits, hikes, workshops, mountain bike rides, and even volunteer trail maintenance.  So, did you do anything this past weekend for National Trails Day?  Perhaps you just moved near one of the top trails in the U.S.  Don’t worry; we’ve got a list.

The Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Arizona is a beautiful state, so if you just moved there, you may want to check out this trail.  It is actually one of two trails that go to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  It is well maintained and offers spectacular views along the way.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

No one should experience Yosemite National Park without getting on the Half Dome trail.  Half Dome rises almost 9,000 feet above sea level and is one of the most challenging trails in the state.  The round trip is about 16 miles, so make sure you wear your good boots.

Breakneck Ridge Trail, Hudson Highlands State Park, New York

People moving to New York for the first time probably don’t think of hiking when they do.  But the Breakneck Ridge Trail is one of the more challenging trails on the east coast.  With 5.5 miles of rugged, rocky terrain, even the most seasoned hikers will feel the challenge.

Lance Grooms