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Volunteers Needed to Help With Appalachian Trail Clean-up June 2

Maryland celebrates National Trails Day

Trail sign

Middletown, Md. (May 22, 2012) - South Mountain Recreation Area Rangers and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club invite citizens to join them as they clean and enhance Maryland’s section of the Appalachian Trail on June 2, in celebration of National Trails Day.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day,” said Ranger Chris Gleason-Smuck. “What better way to spend a day than helping clean and maintain the Appalachian Trail with fellow outdoor enthusiasts?”

Volunteers will enjoy the natural beauty of the area as they help clean-up a portion of the renowned 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail for a fun day of work with a complimentary meal. Trail maintenance experts will provide direction. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for trail work, gloves and sturdy boots and bring water, snacks, insect repellant and enthusiasm for making a difference in our State Parks.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Washington Monument State Park, located at 6620 Zittlestown Road in Middletown Maryland. The work areas include Washington Monument, Wolfsville Road and Turners Gap. The event lasts until 3 p.m. but participants do not have to stay the entire time. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call Ranger Gleason-Smuck at 301-791-4656. Participants can register at

This event is sponsored by The Trail House in Frederick and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, a volunteer organization that builds and maintains trails in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. More than 2,000 nationwide events are planned for National Trails Day including trail maintenance, celebrations and hiking and biking activities. For more information, visit

   May 22, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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