In 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 ParkAssateague State Park6/2/2018 11 a.m.Location: Nature OutpostCity:BerlinCounty: WorcesterDescription: 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 ParkCalvert Cliffs State Park6/2/2018 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.Location: Park bathhouseCity:LusbyCounty: CalvertDescription: 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 ForestCedarville State Forest6/2/2018 9:30 a.m. - NoonLocation: Charcoal Kiln TrailheadCity:BrandywineCounty: CharlesDescription: 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 ParkCunningham Falls State Park6/2/2018 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.Location: William Houck AreaCity:ThurmontCounty: FrederickDescription: 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 ParkElk Neck State Park6/2/2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.Location: North East River AreaCity:North EastCounty: CecilDescription: 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 ParkFort Frederick State Park6/2/2018 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.Location: Picnic areaCity:Big PoolCounty: WashingtonDescription: 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 ParkGunpowder Falls State Park6/2/2018 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.Location: Wildlands TrailheadCity:KingsvilleCounty: BaltimoreDescription: 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 ParkMartinak State Park6/2/2018 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Location: Martinak Nature Center - 137 Deep Shore RoadCity:DentonCounty: CarolineDescription: 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 5KNew Germany State Park6/2/2018 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Location: 403 McAndrews Hill RoadCity: GrantsvilleCounty: GarrettDescription: 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 ParkPatuxent River State Park6/2/2018 9:30 a.m. - NoonLocation: MD-97 trailheadCity:BrookevilleCounty: MontgomeryDescription: 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 NEASoldiers Delight NEA6/2/2018 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.Location: Visitor CenterCity:Owings MillsCounty: BaltimoreDescription: 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 ParkWashington Monument State Park6/2/2018 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Location: State Park - 6620 Zittlestown Road, MiddletownCity: MiddletownCounty: WashingtonDescription: 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
American 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.
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