In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stated in the “President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors” report that he believed all Americans should have the ability to find a hiking trail within 15 minutes of their homes. This statement evolved into the Trails for All Americans initiative, which helped form the annual National Trails Day in 1993. National Trails Day 2012 is on Saturday, June 2.
National Trails Day Events
In 2011, there were more than 2,000 Trails Day Events across the U.S., with about 330,000 participants. The events on this day provide something for everyone to enjoy, including dog walking, hiking, bird watching, bike riding, outdoor photography, trail maintenance, paddle trips, geocaching, fun runs, trail running, children’s activities, trail dedications and more. If you can’t find an event that you’d enjoy in your area, plan one yourself and register it with the American Hiking Society.
Learn more about the National Trails Day events in your area.
Gear to Pack for a Backpacking Adventure
Whether you’re signed up for a National Trails Day event or just want to explore the natural surroundings near your home, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Here’s what to pack:
- Map of your trail
- Backpack for your gear
- CamelBak or water bottles
- Pair of supportive hiking boots
- LED flashlight
- LED headlamp
- Extra batteries for the flashlight and headlamp
- Lightweight clothing
- Charged cell phone
- First aid kit
- A buddy – never hit the trails alone
Celebrate your community’s trails each first Saturday of June on National Trails Day. Join an event and encourage your family and friends to come along – you may discover a new favorite trail to explore together.