Celebrate National Trails Day June 7 at These Trails and Events

New Englanders will celebrate National Trails Day June 7.
New Englanders will celebrate National Trails Day June 7. –iStockphoto.com

Folks across New England will be lacing up their hiking boots June 7 to celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails.

There are hikes and picnics and games taking place across the state. What follows is a sampling of the celebrations. But if you’d rather celebrate solo, check out 15 great New England hikes or spend time on a Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame route (New England has three!). Or stay in the city and walk the most famous trail of them all — The Freedom Trail.

The Worcester Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club is hosting a “Hike Right’’ event from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, in which participants will try their hand at trail maintenance and learn how to “leave no trace’’ when they hike.


There’s a “Trails Scavenger Hunt ’’, hosted by the Chelmsford Conservation Commission and Land Management Committee happening in Chelmsford for kids age 12 and under from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the town offices in Chelmsford.

The “Grand Trunk Trail Family Fun Day’’ at the Westville Lake Recreation Area in Sturbridge from 12 to 3:30 p.m. includes a picnic, trail rides, and walks along the Grand Trunk Trail.

In Sudbury there will be trail hikes, pond exploration, face painting, games, and more at the “National Trails Day’’ event taking place at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet at the Burial Hill parking lot in Plymouth for a “National Trails Day Walk’’ from downtown Plymouth into Myles Standish State Forest, a 10-mile relaxing walk expected to take five to six hours to complete. Wear good walking shoes, bring plenty of water and a lunch and snack. Arrangements will be made to shuttle you back to the starting point at the end of the walk.

Find out about trail celebrations taking place in other Massachusetts towns Saturday.

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