Each year on the first Saturday in June, since 1993, American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day has brought together Americans of all walks of life to enjoy and experience America’s marvelous trails system. Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits that trails provide, encourage people to discover their local trails, raise awareness of trail issues, and instill excitement for the outdoors.
Trails are for more than just hiking. Trails provide access to waterways for canoeing and paddle trips. Bird watching and geocaching are some other favorite activities. Learning land navigation or biking are also great trail activities.
National Trails Day is also an opportunity to thank the many volunteers, land agencies, trail developers, park employees, rangers for their help in developing and maintaining the trails.
- 2,391 activities took place in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.
- 168,000 individuals participated in a variety of trail activities.
- 25,900 trail volunteers took part in 466 stewardship projects, building and maintaining 1,200 miles of trails–a value of $2.8 million.
- 70,900 hikers and runners attended 1,148 activities covering a cumulative 396,400 trail miles.
- 4,000 paddlers attended 72 paddle trips covering 29,500 miles.
- 8,200 cyclists attended 100 bike rides and pedaled a cumulative distance of 164,200 miles.
- 1,700 equestrians attended 21 horseback trips and rode a cumulative distance of 20,900 miles.
If you live in Nebraska, and need to know where some trails are to enjoy your day, check out: Best Trails in Nebraska and Nebraska Game and Parks. In Iowa, check out: Best Trails in Iowa and Best Trails of Iowa.