Think you have to hike to experience a trail?
Think again, says the American Hiking Society, which has designated June 3 as National Trails Day.
The annual occasion is designed to encourage everyone to explore trails on foot, by bicycle, on a horse or in a boat, kayak or canoe. Some designated trails also allow motorized users.
Those interested in finding a special opportunity this weekend to participate in Trails Day can visit americanhiking.org.
The Foothills Trail Club in Western New York will mark the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Conservation Trail next Saturday.
The trail starts at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls and runs 177 miles, across Grand Island, east to Corfu in Genesee County and then south through Wyoming County, back through southern Erie County and on to Cattaraugus County. It continues through Allegany State Park to the Pennsylvania border.
A day of hikes, the dedication of a sign honoring founding Foothills Trail Club volunteers, and a reception will take place on Trails Day along and near the original part of the trail in Holland.
Hikes of varying lengths will start at 8, 10:15 and 11 a.m., the first two at the Holland Willows parking lot, 177 Savage Road, Holland. The first, and longest, will traverse the Holland Ravines section for about 9 miles of strenuous ups and downs through 40 ravines. The second will cover about 10 ravines. Both these hikes will stop at Becker Pond, where a sign will be dedicated.
The last hike, about 3 miles, will start and end at the Holland Community Center, 3 Legion Drive. A reception will follow the hikes at 2:45 p.m.
All are welcome. Hikers should bring water, lunch and hiking poles, and be prepared for mud. Find more about hiking in Western New York at foothillstrailclub.org.