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National Trails Day


June 7th, 2014

New Hampshire State Parks is hosting events around the State in recognition of the “country’s largest celebration of trails”, National Trails Day, on June 7th, 2014.

Organized through the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country for the 22nd annual celebration of America's magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. More than 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more!

Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired millions of individuals and community groups to take part in activities that promote healthy living and mental well-being, protect green space, educate youth and adults on the importance of trails, and instill excitement for the outdoors.

New Hampshire State Parks sees this as a day to showcase our partnerships with community organizations. Friends groups, and Volunteer Trail Crews around the State, promoting stewardship of our State Parks.

Currently planned events, which are open to the public, include:

Monadnock Region

Pisgah State Park - Chesterfield
Staff from Forests & Lands and Fish & Game will lead a birding walk from 7am-10am. Meet Inge Seaboyer from the Division of Forests & Lands - Forest Management Bureau, and Jim Oehler, State Lands Biologist from the NH Fish & Game Dept. outside Park HQ at 520 Old Chesterfield Road at 6:45 am.  The birding walk will focus on the first State timber sale area - carpooling from Park HQ to Jon Hill Road will depart promptly at 7am.  Sturdy footwear and insect repellant is strongly suggested!  Bring your binoculars, bird books etc. The walk will occur rain or shine, so dress accordingly! For more information contact, Inge Seaboyer @ 464-3453 or foxforest@dred.nh.gov

Friends of Pisgah will be re-establishing a viewpoint on the Reservoir Trail that has recently grown in and repairing a bridge on the Kilburn Trail.

Volunteers should either meet the Horseshoe Road parking area for the Reservoir Trail clearing project or at the Kilburn Trail parking lot for the bridge project. Both groups will be meeting at 10am. Tools will be provided. Volunteers should bring food/lunch, water, gloves, and bug spray.

Email FriendsofPisgah@gmail.com for more information.

Temple Mountain State Reservation
The Friends of the Wapack will be cutting a new base to summit trail at Temple Mountain State Reservation. The new trail will be to the East of the Wapack Trail. In combination with the Wapack it will provide a nice loop hike through the State Reservation. Meet at the Temple Mountain State Reservation parking lot, Route 101 in Peterborough, at 8:30 AM. Bring lunch, water, work clothes, bug spray, and enthusiasm. We supply the tools and encouragement. For more information, contact Mike Przybyla for details or questions 603-878-3350.

 

Merrimack Valley

Bear Brook State Park
Southern NH New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) is planning a trail maintenance day on Saturday June 7th in Bear Brook State Park to celebrate National Trails Day. We will meet at 8:45am in the hiker/biker lot off of Podunk Road. We will split into teams and head to the trail head by 9. Bring water, bug spray and gloves. We will have the tools we need. We will be working on Chipmunk and Bear Hill trails cutting back brush and improving drainage. Plan on working until noon or 1. Bring your bike and lunch if you plan on riding afterwards. For more information/questions, call Kathy at 603-724-7187.

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee

Winslow State Park
NH Trailwrights and the Monadnock-Sunapee-Greenway Coalition will be conducting and hosting a trail work day on the Winslow Trail and will be joined by the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition. Meet at the parking area for Winslow State Park at 8:30am. Bring water, food, gloves, and basic trail maintenance tools, if you have them (spaded shovel, pick, loppers, etc). Otherwise, NH Trailwrights will have tools to loan. Contact Patrick Hummel with questions: patrick.hummel@dred.nh.gov.

Pillsbury State Park
The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club will be hosting a trail work day. We'll be meeting at 8:30am in Washington center (by the Churches) on Rt 31, Saturday, June 7th, 2014. We plan to work in the Sunapee/Pillsbury/northern Andorra region. If you're coming, please let me know so I can plan work parties and also if you plan to bring anyone with you. For more information, contact Peter W. Martin at pwmco@aol.com

White Mountains

Franconia Notch State Park
The NH Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) will be sponsoring and leading a trail work day on the Old Bridle Path, joined by the Cardigan Highlanders.

Spring cleaning on the NH Chapter's adopted trail. On Saturday we'll work along the bottom half of the trail. Sunday we'll hike up to the hut (3 mi.), catch views of Franconia Ridge and Cannon, then work our way down. Join us for either day, or contact leader if working both days. We teach as we work -- learn why basic maintenance is so important. All tools provided. No experience needed. Families welcome!
Registration is required for this activity. Contact: Richie Holstein 603-472-2526 (best time to call: E)

Crawford Notch State Park
AMC will be sponsoring and leading a trail work day that includes the Mt. Willard Trail.

Meet at 9am at AMC's Highland Center at Crawford Notch for a fun-filled day of trail stewardship projects. Multiple projects will be available all led by trained AMC Trail Crew Leaders. Please bring a lunch, snacks, water, long pants, boots, and additional clothing appropriate for the weather. We will be out rain or shine! The day will end with a free BBQ and raffle wrapping up around 4pm. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Alison Violette, AMC Programs & Registrations Coordinator at 603-466-8156 or aviolette@outdoors.org


To RSVP or if you have questions, email volunteer@dred.nh.gov

Check back here for more details soon, or visit www.americanhiking.org