Activities planned across the state
In celebration of the 20th annual National Trails Day (NTD), Parks & Trails New York urges everyone to spend some time on one of the state’s more than 16,000 miles of trail on Saturday, June 2. New Yorkers can enjoy hikes, bike and horse rides, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail dedication ceremonies, and other activities across the state. Since 1993, NTD has inspired people to enjoy America’s 200,000 miles of trails on the first Saturday in June.
“No matter what your age or fitness level, there is a trail for you in New York State. Trails are good for us and good for our communities. They can help us get the physical activity we need, attract tourism dollars, expand and create new businesses, promote community engagement and civic pride, and improve quality of life. We hope everyone can participate in one of the more than 40 National Trails Day events taking place on June 2 in New York State,” said Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York.
Ribbon cuttings will celebrate the official openings for several trails. On the Genesee Valley Greenway, a 456-foot bridge crossing the Genesee River will be dedicated in Mt. Morris in Livingston County. The 2.25-mile El Camino-Butterhole-Seneca Park Trail will officially open in the City of Rochester and the 3.5-mile Mine Hole Link Trail linking the Shawangunks to the Catskills will be dedicated in Kerhonkson in Sullivan County. In the Delaware County community of Andes, a hike is planned to open the new 2.5-mile Andes rail trail.
Runners, joggers and walkers can enjoy the unique slate valley and mountain scenery of Washington County seen from the trail in Granville while participating in the third annual Rail Trail to the Footbridge 5K or check out the three walking and running events at the Pfeiffer Nature Center in Portville in Allegany County. The most ambitious event will be the 75 simultaneous 5-10 milehikes that will result in a one-day, end-to-end hike of the entire 567 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail, held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the trail.
Those looking for trail work opportunities can join Cycle-CNY, Friends of Hammond Hill, and Eastern Mountain Sports to repair section of trail in Hammond Hill State Forest near Dryden in Tompkins County or assist with trail work in Grafton Lakes State Park in Rensselaer County. In the Bronx, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park will work on restoring the park's Cass Gallagher Trail and in Huntington on Long Island, Starflower Experiences will host a trail work session at Berkeley Jackson County Park.
Parks & Trails New York is the leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers by working with community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote, and protect a growing network of parks, greenways and trails throughout the state for all to use and enjoy. For more information about Parks & Trails New York, including TrailFinder, an interactive listing of more than 100 multi-use trails in New York State, visit www.ptny.org. For a schedule of National Trails Day events in the state, visit www.AmericanHiking.org/ntd.