National Trails Day® Press Kit

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National Trails Day® press inquiries should be directed toward John Michels, Director of Communications & Trail Programs, (301)565-6704 x703.  Please use the contact form if you would like to ask a question via email.

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Selected Statistics from NTD 2013

In a single day (National Trails Day)…

  • 2,255 activities took place in all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, engaging more than 134,000 people on trails.
  • 24,300 trail volunteers participated in 528 projects and maintained 2,084 miles of trail, resulting in $2.4 million of sweat equity.
  • 69,000 hikers attended 1,132 hikes and covered a cumulative distance of 313,000 miles
  • 11,000 bikers attended 140 bike rides and covered a cumulative distance of 172,000 miles
  • 6,400 paddlers attended 57 paddling trips and covered a cumulative distance of 38,000 miles
  • 1,400 equestrians attended 35 horseback riding trips and covered a cumulative distance of 16,000 miles
What is National Trails Day®?

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. For public and private land managers alike, National Trails Day® is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes and special or threatened locales as thousands of people will be outside looking to participate in NTD events.

National Trails Day® evolved during the late ‘80s and ‘90s from a popular ethos among trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies who wanted to unlock the vast potential in America’s National Trails System, transforming it from a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails and vested trail organizations. This collective mindset hatched the idea of a singular day where the greater trail community could band together behind the NTD moniker to show their pride and dedication to the National Trails System.

Why Celebrate Trails?

America’s 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails give us a means to support good physical and mental health; they provide us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses. All it takes is a willingness to use them!

National Trails Day® also aims to highlight the important work thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America’s trails. Trails do not just magically appear for our enjoyment; their construction and maintenance takes hours of dedicated planning and labor. So give thanks to your local volunteers and consider taking a day to give back to your favorite trail.

Who Sponsors/Supports National Trails Day?

National Trails Day is made possible by corporate sponsors The North Face, Merrell, Adventure Medical Kits, Columbia, & Gregory. Also by Federal Partners US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Federal Highway Administration. Additional support is provided by Backpacker Magazine, REI, American Park Network and America’s State Parks.

Special thanks to all of the NTD event organizers who enable countless opportunities for outdoor recreation on America’s trails.