Plan Your Event

Your event can be as simple as leading a hike, ride, or paddle on your favorite trail or you can go all out by organizing a large community trail festival. Taylor your event for your program needs. Check out the 2017 Event Host Guide for helpful tips on planning your event.

Get the Word Out

Register your event for FREE so participants can find your event on the National Trails Day event web page. Use the 2017 Promotional Toolkit to learn how you can better promote your event among your existing contacts.

Connect with More People

In 2017, National Trails Day generated nearly 300 million media impressions, and hundreds of thousands of Americans participated in events in all 50 states and Washington D.C. View the 2017 NTD Report to see the scope of the nationwide impact.

What are the benefits of registering a National Trails Day Event?

1. Reach A New Audience

Registering an event is a great way to reach individuals outside your current circles. Each year, tens of thousands of individuals search for local events on the National Trails Day events page. You benefit by having new trail supporters find you via American Hiking Society’s national media platform, ads in national outdoor magazines, and other media and outreach efforts. It’s free publicity for you! In 2017 National Trails Day media interest reached an ad value of $2.7 million

2. Save Valuable Time

American Hiking Society provides event hosts with time-saving guides to help you plan and promote your event. The National Trails Day guides will walk you through the planning process and provide content for you to promote your event. Use the included checklists, photos, logos, and templates for social media and newsletters to shave off hours of planning and promotion work.

3. Recruit Volunteer Support

Need help finishing a trail project? National Trails Day is a great platform to recruit new volunteers. In 2017, an estimated 20,200 trail volunteers helped build and maintain nearly 800 miles of trail across the country.

What are the expectations for hosting a National Trails Day event?

1. Event hosts facilitate a group trail activity
Any non-motorized trail activity can be considered a National Trails Day event. Events can be simple group hikes or rides, they can be large community festivals or anything in between.

2. All events need to be registered (for free) on the National Trails Day database
Maintaining a comprehensive list of all NTD events enables the general public to easily search for events in their area.

3. Event hosts need to provide a clear and accurate event description
Participants should know what to bring and what to expect at an event. Please make it clear if participants need to pay for park admissions or event registration.

2018 registration will begin in January 2018!