2009-06-04 / Community News

Take a Hike on National Trails Day

Bastrop State Park will join eight other Texas state parks on Saturday, June 6, in suggesting you "go take a hike" to commemorate National Trails Day. The park will have a trail work party and guided hike on a portion of the more than 10 miles of hiking trails that traverse the park's hilly, pine forest. For more information about Bastrop State Park's planned ac- tivities, call (512) 321-1673.

The American Hiking Societysponsored National Trails Day comes on the heels of a momentous victory for hikers who can access thousands of miles of trails in the United States. On March 25, Congress passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act that protects two million acres of wilderness, 1,000 miles of rivers, more than 5,000 miles of trails and affirms the 26-million National Landscape Conservation System.

National Trails Day is held the first Saturday in June to inspire the public to seek out their favorite trails to discover and celebrate while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, trail work projects, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and planned hikes.

Other Texas state parks paying tribute to National Trails Day on June 6 include Brazos Bend, Stephen F. Austin, and more. While there's no charge to attend the activities, regular Texas state park entry fees will still apply.More information about National Trails Day is online at www.americanhiking.org.

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