FRANKFORT, Ky. – National Trails Day is an annual event originally started by the American Hiking Society to encourage people to get outside and enjoy their favorite trails.


This year, June 7 marks the 22nd anniversary of the first National Trails Day, and there are more than 2,000 events across the country.  There are opportunities to do volunteer work and trail maintenance, participate in guided hikes or just explore a new trail. 


There are several events in Kentucky.  Popular destinations like Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the Red River Gorge have work days planned. There are also several options for guided hikes at local and state parks and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Big Hollow Trail at Mammoth Cave National Park. To see events registered with the American Hiking Society, visit its website at www.americanhiking.org. 


There are over 300 miles of trails in Kentucky State Parks, and many of them have special events planned for National Trails Day. If you need some suggestions on places to hike, check out the new staff recommendations online at www.parks.ky.gov. 


Kentucky has thousands of miles of trails to explore at local, state and national parks. National Trails Day is a great chance to help out at your favorite trail, find a new favorite trail, or introduce someone new to the joys of hiking and being outside. 


Visit the Office of Adventure Tourism’s website at www.getoutky.com.  Share some of your own Kentucky Adventures with us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/KYOutdoorAdventure, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kyadventures!  






The Office of Adventure Tourism is part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s effort to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies – including participation in outdoor activities -- over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health. Visit kyhealthnow.ky.gov



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