DEP Celebrates National Trails Day

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks and Office of Greenways and Trails will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1. National Trails Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in June to celebrate America’s trails system. Showcasing the importance of trails in the United States, National Trails Day will feature a variety outdoor activities across the country including: hikes, biking, horseback rides, trail running, paddling trips, bird-watching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.

“National Trails Day offers an opportunity to explore Florida’s natural treasures,” said Donald Forgione, Director of the Florida Park Service. “Whether you hike, bicycle, ride a horse or paddle a kayak, you’ll find a state park or state trail within an hour of where you live in Florida.”

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day was formed by trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies in an effort to demonstrate their dedication and support to the National Trails System. Currently the country’s largest annual celebration of trails, National Trails Day offers individuals, clubs and organizations an opportunity to share their love of trails with their communities and loved ones. In Florida, numerous National Trails Day activities will be hosted around the state.

Celebrate National Trails day on Saturday, June 1 by attending an event hosted by a state park near you:

National Trails Day Hike
10 a.m.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Palm Coast

 

National Trails Day – River Walk
10 a.m.
O’Leno State Park
High Springs

 

National Trails Day Hike
8 a.m.
Silver River State Park
Ocala

 

Celebrate National Trails Day! Summer Plant Walk
9 to 11 a.m.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
South of Gainesville

 

 National Trails Day 2013
9 to 11 a.m.
Grayton Beach State Park
Santa Rosa Beach 

 

Ranger-Guided Dune Walk
11 a.m.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Fort Pierce

For event descriptions, visit Florida State Parks or American Hiking Society.

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