Writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau once said, “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - …
Writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau once said, “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”
This coming Saturday marks National Trails Day. It’s an opportunity on June 4 each year for everyone to get outside and enjoy some of the great recreational opportunities our region has to offer.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the American Hiking Association’s National Trails Day and reminds us to reconnect with nature in our own communities.
People these days often live with a lot of stress in their lives. That stress can be exacerbated by the lifestyles of many Americans which become more sedentary. In light of this, the physical and mental health benefits of getting outside cannot be overstated.
Sullivan 180, in partnership with the Sullivan Rail Trails Alliance, Sullivan Renaissance and county government, will be celebrating National Trails Day on June 4 at 9 a.m. in Parksville. Participants will meet at Trailhead A of the Parksville section of the O&W railroad near Old Route 17 and Fox Mountain Road. Join them for a trail clean-up and stay to hike the historic Sullivan O&W Rail Trail.
If you can’t make it to Parksville this Saturday, there are trails across Sullivan County that offer rejuvenation for both body and mind. Visit sullivanoandw. com to learn more.
June 4 is about more than just one day a year to promote local trail systems. It’s about ensuring that our outdoor public spaces remain maintained and accessible for all to enjoy.
The American Hiking Association asks everyone to commit to leaving our trails and outdoor communities better than when we found them. Volunteers can bring a trash bag with them when they hike or participate in one of the trail cleanup days like this Saturday in Parksville. Visit americanhiking.org to learn more and take the pledge.
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