The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, which takes place June 3 this year, is an annual national event that seeks to get more people acquainted with trails.
Thousands of events hosted nationwide offer opportunities for potential new trail users to connect with existing trail enthusiasts and local trail-related organizations. Events involving various muscle-powered trail activities, as well as volunteer trail building and maintenance projects, are available to people of all ages and fitness levels.
The Chattanooga region is home to many miles of trail and thus naturally hosts a number of National Trails Day events. Following is a list of 12 such events located within an hour and a half of downtown Chattanooga. These events provide opportunities for trail work, hiking and more.
—Denny Cove rangers need help building trails in one of the newest additions to South Cumberland State Park.
—Forks of the River cleanup at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park needs volunteers to help park rangers clean up trash and debris along the trail and river area.
—Sequatchie Valley Institute will host guided hikes and trail maintenance on SVI’s 300 acres of mountainside forest.
—Help finish the reroute of one of Fall Creek Falls State Park's most heavily used trails.
—Join a ranger for a short hike and light trail maintenance at sunrise at Booker T. Washington State Park.
—There will be a picnic on the Cumberland Trail at the Heiss Mountain Road Trailhead, as well as repair work to the trails from recent storms. Cool off afterward with a swim. There will also be a short hike and history program after lunch.
—A 1-mile hike to Gee Creek Falls will be held at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park.
—Volunteers are needed for a trail maintenance/stewardship project at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
—Emory Creek trail maintenance and a waterfall hike will take place in Chattahoochee National Forest.
—The Ranging Rover Dog Hike, a 2-mile easy hike, will take place at Cloudland Canyon State Park.
—Hike the Can’t Hardly Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Join Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park for this 3-mile hike on one of the most scenic trails in the park complex.
—Great Outdoors Day at Alabama’s DeSoto State Park will feature demonstrations, live animal education programs, info tables, guided fitness and nature hikes, and much more.
Take advantage of one of these opportunities to discover a new trail or to gain the satisfaction of having helped maintain or improve one of the many trails in the Chattanooga region.
Click here to locate more National Trails Day events in the region and across the country.
Learn more about the American Hiking Society here.
Bob Butters explores nature and the outdoors, primarily in and near the South Cumberland region, and publishes the blog www.Nickajack-Naturalist.com. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.