June 2 is National Trails Day
AUSTIN -- Join in the celebration of “America’s Largest Trailgating Party” by attending one of dozens of special events being held at Texas State Parks on Saturday, June 2, to commemorate the 20th annual National Trails Day. To celebrate Trails Day, many state parks across Texas will host guided or staff-led hiking, biking, or paddling events to encourage folks to get outside, exercise. and enjoy the great outdoors.
Canoe Trail Goliad, the San Antonio River Authority, and Goliad State Park will host the annual Goliad Paddling Trail Summer Flotilla down the San Antonio River on June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will help paddlers launch their crafts at the U.S. Highway 59 launch site and assist with take-out at Goliad State Park. Goliad State Park will provide a shuttle. Pre-register by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the park at 361-645-3405 for event status.
Government Canyon State Natural Area in San Antonio will be offering both easy and advanced hikes and rides on its extensive Edwards Plateau trail system, from 9 a.m. until noon. An adult must accompany children. For reservations, email names of participants under the age of 18, an email address, and a phone number to email@example.com. For more information, call the park at 210-688-9055, ext. 285.
Join an interpretive park ranger on a guided hike of Choke Canyon State Park’s Calliham Unit located 12 miles west of Three Rivers at 10 a.m. and discover the park’s natural resources and learn how Native Americans used indigenous plants for medicine and food. For more information, call 361-786-3868. As is the case for this hike and others being held in Texas State Parks, dress appropriately for weather conditions and take drinking water and sunscreen.
Most of the National Trails Days events are at no extra charge, but regular Texas State Park entrance fees will apply. As always, children ages 12 and younger receive free park admission. To check park fees that apply to your favorite state park, visit: www.texasstateparks.org.
Held the first Saturday in June since 1993, National Trails Day has prompted thousands of people to enjoy trails on the same day nationwide, taking part in hikes, bike and horse rides, trail maintenance, paddle trips, trail work projects, and other activities. Event hosts include local hiking clubs, federal agencies, municipal parks, retailers, land trusts, and many other businesses and organizations.
For more information about National Trails Day®, visit: www.AmericanHiking.org/ntd.