Happy National Trails Day!

Raleigh, NC_Little Rock trailJersey City, NJ_Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

Always the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day commemorates America’s incredible trail systems and the tremendous opportunities they offer us for improving our health, enjoying the outdoors, building community and stewarding the environment.

To celebrate, trail lovers all over the country will walk, hike, run, bike, skate, ride horses, watch birds, paddle waterways, push strollers, ride in wheelchairs, and attend National Trails Day events. Our members, staff and volunteers have been working hard since 1991 to create a 2,900-mile system of connected trails from Maine to Florida. Thank you for your support!

Wherever you are, we hope you can get out on the trail and enjoy this year’s National Trails Day. When you do, please share your updates and photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and include the tags #eastcoastgreenway or #ecgreenway.

For events on or around National Trails Day, please check out the information below.

North Carolina

Thursday, June 4, 5:30 – 8 PM (Raleigh) – Join Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and ECGA to celebrate the completion of the Neuse River Greenway Trail. The Neuse River Trail Celebration will be held at Anderson Point Park in Raleigh and will include music and activities and local food trucks.

New Jersey/New York

Saturday, June 6, 8:00AM (Jersey City) – Hudson River Loop Walk, 30 miles along both the Manhattan and New Jersey sides of the Hudson River, with many connections to ferries and subways. For additional long-distance walks organized by the FreeWalkers, some with other walking groups.


Saturday, June 6, 10 – 11 AM (New Haven) – Long Wharf Nature Preserve’s Long Wharf Walk at the Sound. Long Wharf Nature Preserve is a 24-acre maritime ecosystem comprised of five distinct habitats. There are three types of ecosystems on the shorefront: mudflats, salt marsh and beach. The upland habitats host two ecosystems: a wildflower field and a woodland. There are three small bridges on the walking trail that loops through the preserve with access to the sea. This educational walk will include an opportunity to experience these habitats while noticing birds and other wildlife in a unique oasis along Long Island Sound in urban New Haven. The total loop distance is 1 mile. Meet leader, Cordalie Benoit, at the entrance to Long Wharf Nature Preserve near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Long Wharf Drive or join us along the loop trail. Sponsored by New Haven Land Trust. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Questions and to register: contact cordalie.benoit@aya.yale.edu.

Saturday, June 6, 8:30 AM – 2 PM (Simsbury)  In conjunction with National Trails Day, The Farmington Valley Trails Council will hold a bicycle ride on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. The event helps to promote public awareness of the rails-to-trails initiative in the Farmington Valley, attracting new and existing fans of the multi-use trail system. All events will start and finish at the Iron Horse Boulevard and Jim Gallagher Way parking lot in the center of Simsbury. This family-oriented event is designed for trail users of all abilities, and is fully supported until 2:00 pm.

The signature events are:

*Family Walk – up to 5 mi (10:00 am)

*Family Ride – 10-mile tour (10:30 am)

*Fun Ride – 21-mile tour (9:30 am)

*Club Ride – 44-mile tour (8:30 am)

For complete details, routes and registration, please visit the Farmington Valley Trails Council website.

Saturday, June 6, 9 AM (Arline Trail, Hampton)  Join the New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA) for some bike riding! For beginners there will be a “Beginner/Mellow Loop Guided Ride”, for more experienced riders, there will be self-guided loops to take at your own leisure! Ride FREE when you join or review your NEMBA Membership at the event. 15 and under ride free with an adult! Helmets Required.

The Goodwin provides riders with a vast array of trails types, options, and miles upon miles of endless terrain to explore. Combined with both forests, there is also the Airline Trail, a section of the East Coast Greenway, running through, providing a scenic option for the more casual rider.

Location: James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, 23 Potter Road, Hampton

Fee:       $10 NEMBA Members / $15 Not Yet Members

Registration:      Pre-registration is requested but not required.

Accessibility:  Handicapped parking available, wheelchair accessible, for additional needs contact Emma Lorusso at (860)455-9534 or  emma.lorusso@ct.gov

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Saturday, June 6, 9 AM (Danvers)  – Celebrate National Trails Day on Putnamville Park’s Danvers Rail Trail with this casual 5K Fun Run/Walk! Rail Trail ales will be available, along with bottled spring water, for a $2 donation.  The event is free, but donations to support Rail Trail maintenance are always gratefully accepted.

Sponsored by the Wicked Running Club of Salem, the Rail Trail Advisory Committee and Essex Heritage’s Move It program.

About the course: The course starts at Putnamville Park (11 Wenham Street, Danvers) and goes north via the Rail Trail to the Swampwalk area south of Route 97, returning via the same course.

Race Registration: Pre-register online or at Putnamville Park or on the day of the event, which runs rain or shine.

NOTE: THERE IS NO PARKING available at the starting point.  PLEASE BIKE OR WALK TO THIS EVENT!  A GREAT WAY TO WARM UP!  Parking is available at Danvers High School and it is only a short walk/run on the trail to the start at Putnamville Park!

Sunday, June 7, 9:00AM (Everett) – Join our Boston area partners for their 23rd annual Bike to the Sea Day! Register at active.com or fill out the online registration form. Registration on the day of the event starts at 8:30 AM at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St., in Everett. The ride begins there at 9 AM and includes two options: 14-mile Family ride to the Saugus River and a 20-mile ride to Lynn/Nahant Beach followed by lunch at the Dockside in Malden, Mass.

Or, visit nationaltrailsday.org for a complete list of National Trails Day events all over the US!