National Trails Day®: Give Back To The Trails That Give So Much To You

Please note: "In Solidarity, American Hiking Society Suspends Promotion of National Trails Day® 2020." 

"In its quest to be an ever-stronger ally, so as not to take space from the very important discussions and protests around racism in America and, in particular, around police brutality of Black bodies, American Hiking Society will suspend its promotion of National Trails Day® this year.  Instead, we will be taking allyship actions, including: amplifying Black voices in the outdoor community; sharing resources on racism in the outdoors that will link back to publications and content authored by people of color; and urging our supporters to call on Congress to pass legislation that provides equitable access to quality natural spaces for ALL. We thank our partners who have supported this decision to re-focus our efforts where we feel they are needed most at this time." - @americanhiking

Celebrate #NationalTrailsDay With Us! 

How many times have you found peace on a hiking trail? 

How often do you take to the trail to clear your mind? And how often do you step off the trail feeling better than you did when you started your hike?

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”

-  Henry David Thoreau 

If you’ve ever felt like the trail helped you heal, you’re not alone.

For centuries, great minds like Thoreau, Charles Darwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, and many more have advocated for Mother Nature’s healing power. 

The trails give so much to us. Now it’s time for us to give back to the trails. 

Start now by taking National Trails Day® Pledge with us! 

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® takes place on the first Saturday in June each year. This year, National Trails Day® 2020 falls on Saturday, June 6th. 

This annual holiday is an opportunity for hikers and nature lovers to show our appreciation for all the paths that bring us peace and joy. 

According to the American Hiking Society, you can take the #NationalTrailsDay Pledge with one of 5 easy actions:

  1. #VotePublicLands
  2. Speak Up
  3. Leave a Trail Better Than You Found It
  4. Commit to a Trail Work Project in 2020
  5. Give a Gift

Our Pledge To Leave The Trails Better We Found Them

Here at the 52 Hike Challenge, giving back to the trails has always been a big part of our mission, and keeping the trails clean is very important to us. In fact, we promote trail stewardship and maintenance in two of our six challenges. 

  • The 52 Hike Challenge Adventure Series challenges you to adventure to waterfalls, forests, national parks, and more. But perhaps the most impactful part of this challenge is that it asks you to take one stewardship hike. During this hike, you can pick up trash, participate in a restoration project, and more. Sometimes helping Mother Nature is the greatest adventure of all.

  • The 52 Hike Challenge Kid’s Series presents unique challenges and learning opportunities for our youth. Not only will kids learn about the great outdoors, but they’ll also learn how to preserve it. For example, one of the activities teaches kids about the 7 Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles. Another encourages kids to volunteer on the trail with an outdoor non-profit organization.

How You Can Give Back To The Trails

When it’s safe to do so, we encourage you to hit the trail and do more than hike. Leave the trail better than you found it by cleaning up along the way.

It may not seem like much when you start, but you’ll soon realize the litter adds up, and your impact will help keep the trails healthy!

Tips for Your Clean-Up Hike:

  • Only go when it’s safe to do so
  • Bring a trash bag to collect litter
  • Stay safe by wearing gloves or using a trash picker tool
  • Dispose of waste properly - you'd be surprised how much you can recycle!
  • Sanitize after you're done: wash your hands and wipe down your gear

Congrats! Now you're ready to take the pledge.

Click here to Take the #NationalTrailsDay Pledge Now

Give Back To The Trails & Win!

As a thank you for your pledge, the American Hiking Society is giving away a hiking gear prize package! Here's how you can enter to win:

  • Share why access to trails and natural space is important to you
  • Tag #52HikeChallenge2020, #52HikeChallenge, #NationalTrailsDay, and @AmericanHiking on June 6, 2020 in your social media posts
  • Photos tagged with @AmericanHiking and #NationalTrailsDay will be entered into the National Trails Day® photo contest with a chance to win the gear prize package

We look forward to celebrating the trails with you!


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