Today is National Trails Day!
Every year on June 6th, we celebrate our nation's beautiful scenic and historic trails across the country. Trails have traditionally been places of recreation and respite. Today, they are also places of learning and understanding. In light of recent events, National Trails Day has focused more on conversation this year.
The National Park Service highlights many sites dedicated to remembering the struggles our nation has with issues of race, equity, and systemic violence. This includes sites like the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama. Check out other trails on the NPS website here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationaltrailssystem/index.htm
If your'e looking for a trail to hike today close to home, check out the New England National Scenic Trail - NET. Starting from Guilford, Connecticut at Long Island Sound, the trail takes you through the Connecticut River Valley, over the highlands of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, and all the way to the border with New Hampshire as you traverse trails first blazed by New England's First Peoples centuries before colonization. #NationalTrailsDay #RecreateResponsibly
Wanna know about other trails in your area? Check out this guide of popular trails from the Massachussetts Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club: http://ow.ly/HVkd50A03fh
Photo: Photo of the Metacomet Trail (Part of the NET) in Southington, CT by Steven Schiller.