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Valley Forge National Historical Park To Celebrate Trails Day

Free, June1 event to include guided hikes, conservation and health programs, and educational clinics.

Valley Forge National Historical Park will host a Trails Fair in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 21st annual National Trails Day. The event will be held at the Betzwood Picnic Area from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 1.

This annual event is a long-standing celebration of America's magnificent trail systems and its countless supporters and volunteers. National Trails Day is celebrated in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. This special day is an open invitation to all Americans to get outside and connect with local hiking clubs, community groups, and state and national parks.

Free programs at Valley Forge will include guided hikes focusing on nature and history. Environmental organizations and conservation, health, and trails groups will offer educational clinics and presentations at outdoor exhibits. There will also be a showcase of the latest in outdoor equipment and gear.

National Trails Day promotes the relationship between healthy parks and healthy people.

"This event is an excellent opportunity to explore park trails, get connected, give back through volunteerism, and reap the health benefits of all that trails offer," said park superintendent, Kate Hammond. 

Individuals and groups may volunteer to help with trail maintenance. Volunteer projects for the day include removing invasive plants along the trail corridor and cleaning up litter along park trails. To volunteer contact Ernestine White, Volunteer Program Manager at 610-783-1029 or by email at ernestine_white@nps.gov

For more information about this event and directions, please visit the park’s website. Valley Forge National Historical Park is located at 1400 North Outer Line Drive in King of Prussia, Pa.

Information courtesy of John Golden, Director of Communications, Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau

linda spreeman June 02, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Such a wonderful, national treasure practically right in my backyard as a resident of King of Prussia...Linda Spreeman

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