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News Release: June 2, 2017


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National Trails Day: Take A Hike at a West Virginia State Park or Forest

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Saturday, June 3, is National Trails Day, and West Virginia state parks are offering special guided hikes on many of their trails to celebrate. The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is the country’s largest celebration of trails and is designed to encourage people to go outside, exercise and enjoy all that nature offers.

“You can participate on your own time, at your own pace or during a planned hike activity with a naturalist or hike leader, and it’s all free,” said Ken Zebo, naturalist at North Bend State Park.

Individuals hiking at a West Virginia state park or forest on National Trails Day can receive a patch and a Trails Day certificate for their outdoor achievement and participation. A mileage log card is completed and submitted to the central parks office for miles hiked, biked or walked June 3 at a West Virginia state park or state forest. Those participating in a planned hike will have their log cards submitted by the hike leader or naturalist. Log forms are available online at www.wvstateparks.com/Hikes_Walks.html or at any park office, front desk or nature center during National Trails Day.

As additional incentive, participation in a National Trails Day hike counts toward completion of the 2017 Chief's Challenge. State Parks Chief Sam England is challenging people of all ages to hike 100 miles or more on state park or forest trails in 2017. Those 100 miles should include participation in at least 17 miles of hikes, walks or strolls at a state park or forest led by a state park naturalist or activities coordinator. The Challenge is free, but online registration is required. Information is available at www.wvstateparks.com

Guided National Trails Day hikes June 3, 2017, at West Virginia state parks include:

Babcock State Park
The Triple Creek Trail Hike begins at 9 a.m. and will last about an hour. Other activities are planned for the day, and overnight visitors can save $20 on cabin rates during the weekend. Call 304-438-3004 for details.

Beech Fork State Park
Overlook Trail Hike begins at 10 a.m. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes for this 2.5-mile moderate walk. Call 304-528-5794 for details.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
The All About the Birds hike is 2-3:15 p.m. Learn bird characteristics, diet and identifying characteristics. At least 14 bird species have adapted to life along the river. Call 304-420-4800 for details.

Cacapon Resort State Park
Cacapon's Inaugural 5K Trail Run-Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and follows four trails that make up this newly designed off-road course. Call 304-258-1022 for details.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park
The Canaan Valley Birding Festival is this weekend and emphasizes bird sightings, identification and learning about their habitat.

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
The Extract Plant Ruins Hike is at 6 p.m. and runs from the Cass Visitor Center down the Greenbrier River Trail to the old extract plant. Call 304-456-4300 for details.

Cathedral State Park
The Giant Hemlock Celebration Hike begins at 10 a.m. and lasts about two hours. See the giant Eastern Hemlocks in the Old Growth Forest, learn the park’s history and identify other tree species. Call 304-735-3771 for details.

Moncove Lake State Park
Moncove’s National Trails Day Hike is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hikers will learn buschraft tips and bird identification. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing, and bring a protein-filled lunch. Call 304-772-3450 for details.

North Bend State Park
Multiple hikes will be offered during the Family Trails Weekend, June 2-4. Friday hikes include “Stargazers” night sky observation. Saturday hikes include “Weed Warriors,” “Giant Pine Trail Hike” and a sunset paddle on North Bend Lake. Sunday hikes include a morning bird walk, geocaching basics and an Overlook Trail hike. Call 304-643-2931 for the complete weekend schedule.

Pipestem Resort State Park
The 10-mile Bluestone Turnpike Hike starts at 10 a.m. and will last about four hours. Ride the aerial tram down to Mountain Creek Lodge and hike from Pipestem State Park to Bluestone State Park. Bring light food, water and wear comfortable clothing. A shuttle will return hikers to Pipestem. Call 304-466-1800 for details.

Kanawha State Forest
The Birding around the Sun Hike will follow three trails for 4 miles, starting at 11 a.m. Learn about birding ecology and why birds are important to the environment Bring water, a snack and binoculars. Call 304-558-3500 for details.

Watters Smith State Park
Keebler's Paws Weekend, named after the superintendent’s dog, includes hikes with your dog (on leash) and other members of your family or friends June 3 or 4. This is not a guided hike, but a trail map is provided and bins will be placed across the park for donations to local animal shelters and pet rescue services. Call 304-745-3081 for details.

Watoga State Park
The Arboretum Hike starts at 10 a.m. and will last most of the day. So, bring your own food and water and wear appropriate clothing. The day ends with a Dutch oven cooking demonstration at 7 p.m. Call 304-799-4087 for details.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce West Virginia state parks offer guided hikes on National Trails Day June 3, 2017
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce West Virginia state parks offer guided hikes on National Trails Day June 3, 2017