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Indiana DNR Observance of National Trails Day, June 7

Mounds State Park, Anderson, Indiana

Mounds State Park, Anderson, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Marty Benson
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
http://dnr.in.gov/

Each year Indiana joins states across the country in recognizing National Trails Day. The day celebrates the United States’ trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. This year’s Trails Day is Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Gov. Mike Pence and members of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission will kick off the celebration early with the dedication of the Speedway Trail Corridor on Friday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. Attendees can “Walk a Mile with Mike” at noon.

A day later, on Trails Day, a variety of activities, including trail cleanups, bicycle rides and guided hikes will be held. The Department of Natural Resources will host events at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Mounds State Park (see photo above), and Lieber State Recreation Area. At Brookville Lake, the DNR will co-host a trail event with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Several other local organizations will host events throughout the state. For a complete listing, see americanhiking.org/national-trails-day.

Trails stimulate economic development and enhance quality of life for Hoosiers of all ages and abilities by providing opportunities for education, fitness, and recreation.  Indiana offers over 3,300 miles of public trails to enjoy on June 7 or any other day.

For more information on trails, visit dnr.IN.gov/outdoor/2604.htm.