National Trails Day is this Saturday, June 5, 2010. It’s an annual event held by the American Hiking Society to foster awareness of local hiking, biking, and walking trails and engage the public in the protection, conservation, and sheer enjoyment of these trails. In Portland, Maine alone, there are over 50 miles of trails overseen by the Portland Trails organization, and they will be helping to recruit the public on National Trails Day to clean and maintain the trails while educating them on good use practices and local history.
This event is important, especially for us as travelers. We may be part time vagabonds, but our travels to various parts of the world always leave a mark. It’s because we leave that mark that we have the responsibility to give back. We take an awful lot while traveling, so replacing a little bit, wherever we choose to go, is so important.
This National Trails Day, take a few hours to help plant a garden, or build a drainage ditch, or educate your neighbors. It’s not only a great excuse to get outside this Saturday, but a fantastic way to help preserve and protect the trails we as travelers hold so dear.