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National Trails Day June 7

Article Published: Jun. 5 | Modified: Jun. 8
National Trails Day June 7

Hikers on the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail might get some chatter from one of the resident red squirrels.

Photo by Rob Moore

Since 1933, the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day has celebrated the most basic form of transportation.

North Carolina’s state parks system joins this June 7 celebration with more than two dozen events to discover, enjoy and help build trails around the state.

Several state parks will dedicate new sections of trail. On June 6, Grandfather Mountain State Park will inaugurate a new self-guided TRACK Trail for children along the first mile of the Profile Trail in Avery County.

Pilot Mountain State Park will host a hike and trail dedication June 7 at the park river section’s Horne Creek Trailhead.

Hikers in the Triangle can join a “volksmarch” along a new section of Raleigh greenway connecting the Prairie Ridge Ecostation to William B. Umstead State Park. Additional details on these events are at

Volunteers can help create new trails at Elk Knob, New River and Crowders Mountain state parks on June 7. Also, the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will have workdays at several locations along the 1,000-mile route from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. Details about volunteering near Raleigh, Durham, Winston-Salem and Asheville are online at

National Trails Day evolved from a popular ethos among trail advocates wanting to unlock the potential of America’s trails, transforming them from a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails.

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