National Trails Day - June 2, 2018

Youth hiking in State ParkIn celebration of a national movement to promote the importance of trails in the United States, Maryland State Parks have planned a series of outdoor activities on National Trails Day®, Saturday, June 2nd. These family- friendly events include an array of activities, including guided hikes, trail maintenance projects, invasive plant removal, and more.

Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day® occurs on the first Saturday of every June and encourages people of all ages to discover and enjoy America’s vast network of trails. Trails give you the opportunity to get your heart pumping, lungs expanding, and muscles working at various levels of difficulty, thereby improving your physical and mental well-being.

National Trails Day Hike at Assateague State Park
Assateague State Park
6/2/2018 11 a.m.
Location: Nature Outpost
County: Worcester
Description: Have you ever seen the wild horses of Assateague? Join park staff for a hike through the campground in search of the famous wild horses. Learn about their history, habitats, and behaviors as well as the importance of keeping wildlife wild. Wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes, as the hike will be approximately two miles. Meet at the Nature Outpost in the Ranger Station parking lot. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 410-641-2120

National Trails Day Hike at Calvert Cliffs State Park
Calvert Cliffs State Park
6/2/2018 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Park bathhouse
County: Calvert
Description: Join park staff for a fun day of maintaining the beautiful trails at Calvert Cliffs State Park. There will be a variety of projects, suitable for people of all ages and skills levels. Meet by the bathrooms/maintenance building just past the Calvert Cliffs State Park contact station. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 301-743-7613

National Trails Day Hike at Cedarville State Forest
Cedarville State Forest
6/2/2018 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Location: Charcoal Kiln Trailhead
County: Charles
Description: Join a park ranger for a guided hike on Cedarville's Blue and Orange Trails. Along the way the ranger will discuss backcountry ethics. Meet at the Cedarville Charcoal Kiln trailhead. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 301-888-1410

National Trails Day Hike at Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
6/2/2018 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: William Houck Area
County: Frederick
Description: If you enjoy hiking and your public lands, this is the day to give back to the trails you love. Join rangers for a day of trail work. You will work hard, get dirty, and have fun while doing it. Work can be strenuous. Sturdy boots or shoes, work gloves, and water are recommended. Pre-register by calling 301-271-7574. Meet at the Falls trailhead in the William Houck Area. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 301-271-7574

National Trails Day Hike at Elk Neck State Park
Elk Neck State Park
6/2/2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: North East River Area
City:North East
County: Cecil
Description: Get a jumpstart into celebrating "Great Outdoors Month" by joining a ranger to explore the forested areas of the park. This pet friendly hike will let you view the native flora of the Wapiti Pond and Farm Road Trails, including beautiful Dogwood trees and more. Dogs on a leash are encouraged to join us! Meet at the North East River Area. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 410-287-5333

National Trails Day Hike at Fort Frederick State Park
Fort Frederick State Park
6/2/2018 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Picnic area
City:Big Pool
County: Washington
Description: Join a park ranger to explore the Plantation Trail at Fort Frederick. Meet at the Trail Head parking log in the picnic area at 5 p.m. for this one hour hike. Please call for details. Sturdy hiking attire is suggested, and bring water. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 301-842-2155

National Trails Day Hike at Gunpowder Falls State Park
Gunpowder Falls State Park
6/2/2018 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Wildlands Trailhead
County: Baltimore
Description: Join a park ranger for a guided hike in the beautiful and serene central area Wildlands. Hike along the Big Gunpowder Falls through the woodlands of the state designated wildlands. This hike is approximately 3 miles roundtrip on moderate-to-difficult terrain. Please wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and bring water. Meet at the Wildlands Trailhead at 11159 Belair Road, Kingsville MD 21087. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 410-592-2897

National Trails Day Hike at Martinak State Park
Martinak State Park
6/2/2018 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Martinak Nature Center - 137 Deep Shore Road
County: Caroline
Description: Celebrate National Trails Day with a walk with park staff while embracing and learning about nature. Meet at the nature Center. Day use fees apply.
Phone: 410-820-1668

National Trails Day at New Germany State Park - Katie's 5K
New Germany State Park
6/2/2018 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: 403 McAndrews Hill Road
City: Grantsville
County: Garrett
Description: Lace up your running shoes and prepare to be inspired. The Katie's 5K is an annual 5km race in memory of Katie DeRosa, a local 13-year-old who was tragically struck and killed by a vehicle while training for her freshman year of cross-country. The registration fee is $15 to $20. View registration details.
Phone: 301-895-5453

National Trails Day Hike at Patuxent River State Park
Patuxent River State Park
6/2/2018 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Location: MD-97 trailhead
County: Montgomery
Description: Volunteer with park staff to help create and maintain our brand new trail network at Patuxent River State Park. Be sure to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and work gloves. Meet at the MD-97 trailhead (23222 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville MD 20833).
Phone: 301-924-2127

National Trails Day Hike at Soldiers Delight NEA
Soldiers Delight NEA
6/2/2018 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Visitor Center
City:Owings Mills
County: Baltimore
Description: Meet an ambassador owl from the aviary and take a night hike to listen for owls. Learn about owl biology, habitat, diet and conservation. Please pre-register. $5 per person.
Phone: 410-461-5005

National Trails Day Hike at Washington Monument State Park
Washington Monument State Park
6/2/2018 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: State Park - 6620 Zittlestown Road, Middletown
City: Middletown
County: Washington
Description: Join park staff and the Potomac Applachian Trail Club for a trail work day. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothes and sturdy boots and bring gloves, water, snacks and insect repellant.
Phone: 301-791-4656

National Trails Day logoAmerican Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​