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National Trails Day® 2015 brought more than 176,000 Americans outside to explore trails in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Canada.  Whether it was hiking, biking, horseback riding, or trail running, National Trails Day 2015 enabled thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to get out and explore America’s trails, making it the most successful National Trails Day to date!  The amount of miles covered on National Trails Day 2015 by the following activities is equivalent to walking around the Earth over 20 times!

HIKERS VOLUNTEERS BIKERS PADDLERS EQUESTRIANS  TOP STATES
79,300 hikers 24,670 trail volunteers 8,800 bikers 3,500 paddlers 1,800 equestrians Connecticut: 258 activities
attended 1,203 hikes  participated in 456 projects attended 113 bikes rides  attended 40 paddling trips  attended 28 horseback riding trips California: 142 activities
and walked 354,000 miles!  and maintained 1,490 miles of trail! and pedaled 123,000 miles!  and paddled 13,600 miles!  and rode 36,000 miles! New York: 124 activities
  Hiker Volunteer Biker Equestrian Paddler Hiker

Jennifer and Charley NTDMy family was honored to join fellow American Hiking Ambassador Kara Richardson Whitely and her adorable daughters, dedicated AHS staff, employees of Maryland Merkle Wildlife Preserve, Americorps volunteers, and trail enthusiasts for a day of preservation and hiking in Maryland.

After we planted nearly 40 milkweed seedlings, we celebrated with a hike through a pastoral landscape and into a dense forest filled with a patch of Pawpaw trees. Together we looked at flowers, listened to birds, chased after one another, and bribed the young
hikers with trail snacks. We concluded at a
wetlands area where we petted frogs and admired a lone standing bald Cyprus.

National Trails Day® reminded me that getting people involved in the wilderness is not difficult. It is fun and easy to do. The key to protecting, maintaining, and funding trails is engagement.
Jennifer Pharr Davis, AHS Ambassador

 

Learn more about National Trails Day HERE.

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