TYGART LAKE—Tygart Lake State Park Naturalist Jacob Jackson would like to invite you to join him as he celebrates the “hiker’s holiday” with a scenic venture on through the park.
Annually, the first Saturday in June is designated as National Trails Day.
The day is set aside to recognize all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature.
All across the United States, events are held in honor of the day, as a way to help promote awareness on the variety of services the trails systems offer.
In addition, the day encourages people to be active while discovering and exploring their local trails, and as a result, inspires residents to become active concerning trail issues and share their excitement for the outdoors.
While hiking may be the first activity that comes to mind when trails are mentioned, these woody paths offer so much more.
Throughout the country, trails are hidden treasures, providing access to waterways for kayaking, finishing or paddle trips; birders are able to find excellent opportunities for birdwatching; and those seeking to test their abilities to observe and study geolocation enjoy geocaching.
Nature’s beauty also offers others the opportunity to learn how to navigate the land or use the trails for biking.
Each of these pastimes creates an opening to spend time outdoors and generate a beneficial cardiovascular workout.
Additionally, National Trails Day gives outdoor adventurists the chance to show appreciation to the many volunteers, land agencies, trail developers, park employees and rangers for their help in developing and maintaining the trails.
And here locally, Jackson and the Summer Naturalist team will be honoring the day with the hosting of the National Trails Day Hike ’21 on Saturday, June 5.
The hike is free and open to the public, and will have participating explorers navigating through the hilly West Virginia terrain that makes up the park’s Ridge and Lake Trails.
The trek is approximately 1.75 miles long, so be sure to wear comfortable footwear and to bring plenty of water.
Jackson shared that furry companions are permitted to walk alongside their owners as long as they are on a leash for the duration.
Each hiker will be presented with a National Trails Day Badge at the conclusion of the walk.
Those wishing to take part should meet at the Nature Center, on the aforementioned date, and be prepared to depart promptly at 10:00 a.m.
For additional information or questions about the hike or any of the trails within Tygart Lake State Park, contact Jackson at 304-265-6148 or j[email protected].