Hiking Around Midstate PA: A community blog

Explore hiking trails, environmental issues, recreational funding challenges and trail maintenance in Central Pennsylvania with Jim Foster.

National Trails Day; Pennsylvania Hiking Week

Written by Jim Foster, Community blogger | May 13, 2012 3:36 PM

Have you been looking for a reason to get off your duff and go outside to hike or bike on one of our wonderful trails?  Well, you’re in luck.  Several great opportunities are coming up soon.

Pennsylvania Hiking Week begins on Saturday, May 26 and extends through Sunday, June 3.  It is a joint venture of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Keystone Trails Association (KTA).  The wonderful site explorepatrails.com has a special section devoted to listing all of the activities scheduled for Pennsylvania Hiking Week.  HERE’s a direct link:
Check it out and you are sure to find an activity for you and your family or friends to take part in.

Smack in the middle of Pennsylvania Hiking Week is the national event that celebrates America’s trails, National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2.  National Trails Day is organized by the American Hiking Society.  Follow THIS LINK for a comprehensive listing of all of the NTD events throughout the country:

I’ll highlight two area events that you should consider attending on NTD.  The community of Duncannon is located on the shore of the Susquehanna River about fifteen miles north of Harrisburg.  It is one of a small number of towns through which the world famous Appalachian Trail travels directly through.  A.T. thru-hikers and sections know Duncannon well, and consider it one of the friendliest trail towns anywhere.  The old Doyle Hotel is a legendary stop for long distance hikers.  This National Trails Day, Duncannon will receive the designation of “Appalachian Trail Community”.  The celebration will be led by Mary Parry, well known to trail folks as “Trail Angel Mary”.  Numerous events will be on tap all day long.  Follow THIS LINK for complete information:

Another central Pennsylvania community, Boiling Springs, holds its annual street fair celebration, Foundry Day, on National Trails Day each year.  Last year, Boiling Springs itself received the designation of “Appalachian Trail Community”, the first community in the Keystone State to be so honored.  Boiling Springs is the home of the Mid-Atlantic Region Office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Many trail organizations have displays at Foundry Day each year.  It’s another great opportunity to learn about trails.  You can even take a hike, since the A.T. also goes straight through Boiling Springs.

Here’s hoping you celebrate Pennsylvania Hiking Week and National Trails Day in the most appropriate way, by getting out on the trail of your choice!!

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