Pennsylvania Trails in the Spotlight for National Trails Day on June 5

Jun 02, 2010, 10:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Discover and Learn About PA's Trails at ExplorePAtrails.com

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley is inviting all Pennsylvanians to discover, celebrate and learn about trails throughout the state on National Trails Day, June 5.

"From Philadelphia to Erie and all points in-between, Pennsylvania has thousands of miles of trails available to connect citizens with the wonders of the outdoors," said Quigley. "These trails, built through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, offer opportunities for fitness and stewardship, and are a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren."

Since 1993, the first Saturday of every June is known as National Trails Day, inspiring the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to celebrate, discover and learn about America's trail system.

Pennsylvania has a first-of-its kind website to help people search, view, map and share information about trails at www.ExplorePAtrails.com. Listed on the site's calendar are numerous events and activities that will recognize National Trails Day.

Just a few of the events on June 5 include:

  • The Appalachian Trail Museum will open at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County with related hikes and activities;
  • The first Lackawanna River Heritage Trail Bike Tour will be held and is open to all riders;
  • The Schuylkill River sojourn along the Schuylkill River Water Trail starts Saturday in Schuylkill Haven;
  • The D&L National Heritage Area trail link from Lehigh Gorge State Park to Jim Thorpe in Carbon County will be marked with the official opening of the Jim Thorpe trailhead; and
  • Volunteers will build a trail to Sugerloaf Knob at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

ExplorePAtrails.com is an interactive website, where people can find and share information, photos and new discoveries.

The site offers a changing "featured" trail, a search option for finding trails, and a calendar of trail-related events. You can find information about hiking, biking, rail-trails, and canoeing, as well as trails for cross country skiing, equestrian riding, snowmobiling, ATVs and more.

More than 6,700 miles of Pennsylvania trails have been mapped and made available on the website.

The Department of Interior secretary recently designated four Pennsylvania trails as National Recreational Trails, including: Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, from Shippensburg to Newville; the Mason-Dixon Trail that follows the lower Susquehanna River from Wrightsville to the Norman Wood Bridge; Three Rivers Heritage Trail paralleling the riverbanks in the Pittsburgh area for about 21 miles; and the Three Rivers Water Trail, a series of public non-motorized access points within the 90 riverfront municipalities of Allegheny County.  

For more information about Pennsylvania trails, visit www.ExplorePAtrails.com or call 717-772-9101.

Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources



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