7 Great Activities for National Trails Day

By Molly Herber

Jun 4, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015: National Trails Day. Not sure what your plans are yet? Let us help you get your creativity flowing:

1. Take your bike for a spin.


mike-casella-bikes-wyoming Find some trails and get those wheels rolling! Photo by Mike Casella.


2. Go on a walk with your majestic pup.


libby-gadbois-watson-dog-majestic So majestic. Photo by Libby Gadbois.


3. Clean Up Your Favorite Trail.

Show the trails some love—and save yourself and your friends from stubbed toes and walking into tree branches.


liz-lightner-trail-cleanup Everyone's happy with nice, smooth trails! Photo by Liz Lightner.

Remember to bring appropriate tools, close-toed shoes, and your intense face.


eryn-pierce-trails-laugh The intense face is key. Photo by Eryn Pierce.


4. Take a Trail Selfie.


aparna-rajagopal-durbin-southwest-hike-selfie Capture every moment! Photo by Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin.

Selfies look better outside.


5. Make Your Own Trail.

Just kidding. Leave No Trace Principle #2 says to camp and travel on durable surfaces (i.e., trails that already exist). Lucky for you, snow is a durable surface.


cass-colman-india-snow-slide Make sure you have a soft landing before you slide. Photo by Cass Colman.


6. Have an adventure on a waterfall-cliff-trail.


cass-colman-india-hike-waterfall Casual stroll through the Himalaya. Photo by Cass Colman.

Don't have one of those in your backyard? You can try to build your own out of popsicle sticks and glue, or you can take a backpacking course in India.


7. Remember—relax and enjoy being outside. That's why you go to the trails, after all.


talbot-callister-zealand-hiking Breathe deep and appreciate the work you've done getting to the top of the trail. Photo by Talbot Callister.

Trails are awesome, but getting off the trails and into the backcountry is pretty sweet, too. Visit our website to find out how you can start exploring.

Visit the American Hiking Society's webiste for National Trails Day to find events near you.

Written By

Molly Herber

Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber

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