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!
My 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.