Happy National Trails Day: Celebrate the Hiker’s Holiday by Finding the Perfect Trail Near You

by Will Shepard
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

National Trails Day is today, Saturday, June 5. It is the perfect excuse to go out and enjoy the beautiful trails all over America.

John Muir once wrote, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” It seems like the perfect description of how to enjoy yourself in the outdoors. There are hundreds of thousands of trails throughout the U.S., and today is the day to use them.

It doesn’t matter whether you are doing a long thru-hike, such as the Appalachian Trail, or a jaunt in the neighborhood park; today is the day to appreciate all of the above. With so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, what’s holding you back?

The U.S. Department of the Interior wrote a short post about National Trails Day on social media. They said, “A trail for everyone! No matter what your fitness or skill level, we have a variety of trails that can fit your needs — paved, gravel, wooden, dirt, and everything in-between. A public lands trail awaits you on #NationalTrailsDay.”

All over the U.S., people are celebrating the day in different ways. The National Forest Foundation added a fun fact on their Twitter account. They said that there are over 150,000 miles of trail that run through National Forest land. That is an unbelievable amount of open space to travel through. In fact, the National Forest Foundation presented a guide to help find a forest near you. Check it out below:

National Trails Day Is an Excellent Way to Go Enjoy the Outdoors

Even though there are thousands of miles of trails on public land, there are also many trails on private property. Land trusts help coordinate the usage of private land so that the general public can use them. Be sure to know what is public vs. private land before taking off.

Many people designate tons of land for public use. There are also many waterways that are considered trails. The National Park System has put in place a system of waterways that the public can use. It is considered a subset of the National Recreation Trails Program.

So, all things considered, there are tons of ways to get out and enjoy National Trails Day. It doesn’t matter how you celebrate today, just go appreciate the wonderful network of trails at your disposal.

You can also show your support of this awesome day by volunteering to maintain a trail. It doesn’t have to be a formal volunteering even either. Instead, you can go to your favorite trail and help clean up trash on it.

That being said, though, many organizations will put together formal volunteer efforts. These can consist of trail clean-ups, building more length for more trail, and much more.