National Trails Day: Roll up your sleeves and enjoy

A volunteer hauls in posts to build a bridge on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

We love trails. You love trails.
Saturday, we show that love during the annual National Trails Day observation. Launched by the American Hiking Society in the early 1990s, NTD is the one day of the year where express our love of hiking trails, paddle trails, singletrack mountain bike trail, doublewide equestrian trail … if it’s a trail, it’s covered under the NTD rainbow.
Dozens of National Trails Day events are planned in North Carolina for Saturday. We’ve compiled a list of 37 events; we provide the basics and a link or phone number where you can score specifics.
We’ll rerun a more complete list a week from today, on Thursday, June 5. In the meantime, leave Saturday, June 7 open. You have a date with a trail.


Asheville: Mountains-to-Sea Trail Workday, Soco Gap area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Carolina Mountain Club. 8:30 a.m. (carpool from Asheville). More info at 828.230.1861 or

Boone: Hike, Boone United Methodist Church, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Details.

Boone: The Summit: A Dynamic Hiking and Backpacking Conference for Women, Trail Dames, 3 p.m.-midnight. Details.

Burnesville: Hike, Mount Mitchell State Park. 1 p.m. 828.675.4611. Details.

Chimney Rock: Guided hikes, Chimney Rock State Park, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Details.

Deep Gap: KAMPN Kleenup & Kookout, Camp Cogger, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Details.

Franklin: Wilderness hike, southern Nantahala Wilderness Area, Nantahala Hiking Club 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Details.

Gerton: Workday on Bearwallow Mountain, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, noon-3 p.m. Details.

The fruits of a National Trails Day workday.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Appalachian Trail Workday, Friends of the Smokies, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info: 865.932.4794, 800.845.5665 or

Laurel Springs: Workday, New River State Park. 1 p.m. 336.982.2587. Details.

West Jefferson: Wildflower hike, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, 2-3:45 p.m. Details.

Spruce Pine: Overmountain Victory Trail/Hefner Gap “Freedom Hike”, Overmountain Victory Trail Association, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details.

Todd: Workday, Elk Knob State Park, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Details.



Cary: Workday, Hemlock Bluffs Natural Area, Town of Cary, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Details.

Chapel Hill: Morgan Creek Trail Phase 2 Grand Opening, Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation, 10 a.m.-noon. Details.

Durham: Hike to Fish: Beginning Fishing with a Park Ranger, Eno River State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. Details.

Durham: Workday, Eno River State Park, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Details.

Morrisville: Triangle Fat Tire Festival, Lake Crabtree County Park. Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

Raleigh: Volksmarch Habitat Hike, Umstead State Park. 9 a.m. 919.571.4170. Details.

Raleigh: Prairie Ridge Ecostation to William B. Umstead State Park Volksmarch Habitat Hike:, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, noon to 1 p.m. Details.

Triangle area: Falls Lake / Mountains-to-Sea Trail workday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Details.

Wake Forest: Volunteer Appreciation Day, Wake Forest Greenways Advisory Board, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Details.


Browns Summit: Hike, Haw River State Park. 10 a.m. 336.342.6163. Details.

Burlington: Shallow Ford Natural Area Track Trail Grand Opening, Alamance County Recreation and Parks Department, 4-5:15 p.m. Details.

Danbury: Workday, Hanging Rock State Park. Call for time. 336.593.8480. Details.

Greensboro: National Trails Day Festival, Country Park, City of Greensboro, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details.

Haw River: Guided hike, Haw River State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. Details.

Pinnacle: New trail dedication and hike, Pilot Mountain State Park. 9 a.m. 336.325.2355. Details.


Gastonia: Workday, Crowders Mountain State Park, 8-11:30 a.m. Details.

Lake Norman: Workday, Lake Norman State Park, 9 a.m.-noon, Details.

Matthews: Hit the Ground Running Trail Race, Colonel Beatty Park, Go Run Events, llc, 7:30 a.m. Details.

Newton: Trail construction/volunteer workday, Carolina Thread Trail, 9 a.m.-noon. Details.

Elsewhere in the Piedmont

Connelly Springs: Hike, Bike & Ride, South Mountains State Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Details.

Holister: Workday, Medoc Mountain State Park, 2-5 p.m. Details.

Nebo: Hike, Lake James State Park. 10 a.m. 828.584.7728. Details.


South Mills: Liquor Still Hike, Dismal Swamp State Park, 10 a.m. 252.771.6593. Details.

Washington: Hike, Goose Creek State Park. 2 p.m. 252.923.2191. Details.

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