People across the country will come together on June 2 to collectively improve 2,802 miles of trails — the distance across the U.S. — during National Trails Day.
American Hiking Society invites hikers, cyclists, equestrians, paddlers and anyone who enjoys spending time outside to join nationwide efforts by pledging to improve a trail on National Trails Day. Anyone can leave a trail better than they found it by picking up trash or joining an organized trail work project.
For 25 years, National Trails Day has united the trails community on the first Saturday of June with the goal of connecting more people to trails and public lands. In 2018, American Hiking Society will improve 2,802 miles of trail in a single day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System. The 1968 National Trails System Act created and protected some of Americans’ favorite places to discover the outdoors.
Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway needs volunteers to help clean up Little Black Creek Park, located north of 84 Lumber in Chili on Scottsville Road. Volunteers will pick up debris, trim brush, work on invasive species and rake the area from 9 a.m. to noon.
Bring water, gloves and hand tools, including rakes, loppers, hand clippers and shovels. Snacks are available; REI will provide pizza for lunch.
Park at The River’s Edge, 31 Paul Road, Rochester, and walk down the Greenway Trail to LBC Park.
Genesee Valley Greenway State Park contains a 93-mile, multiuse trail extending from Rochester to Hinsdale that follows the path of the former Genesee Valley Canal (1840-78) and Pennsylvania Railroad, Rochester Branch (1882-1963). It passes through five counties, 17 townships and several villages. About 65 of its 93 miles are open year-round for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, as well as snowmobiling in most sections.
“Perhaps you have been enjoying the Genesee Valley Greenway without thinking about the tremendous effort it takes to advocate for, plan, build and maintain trails like Greenway,” said Joan Schumaker, president, Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway. “National Trails Day presents an opportunity to come together with others and give back.”
Registration is required. Call (585) 490-3302, email fogvg@frontiernet.net or visit fogvg.org for information.