Environmental Forum June Celebration - National Trails Day
Saturday, June 5th
National Trails Day is an opportunity for a day of service, advocacy, and enjoyment of hometown trails. Millions of people find physical, mental and emotional restoration while walking and hiking. Check out #NationalTrailsDay and @AmericanHiking on social media. You may have hiked on some of our national trail systems, such as the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail, or the Ice Age Trail across our neighbor, Wisconsin.
But you don’t have to travel far to enjoy trails. The simplicity of getting out and walking or riding a bike opens trail experiences to all members of the community, regardless of age or ability. From walking the dog, to off-road cycling, or cross-country skiing, Quad Cities area trails offer year-round experiences to be active in an informal setting. Trails in the Quad Cities offer diverse opportunities for recreation and some spectacular views of the area. Many Quad Cities trails are mostly flat, allowing for family-friendly walks or rides, doubling as active transportation routes for commuters choosing to get a workout while going to and from work or school.
There are various Quad Cities trail groups that provide an avenue to explore trails with like-minded groups and organizations. There are opportunities for moderate, family-friendly walks with small groups, as well as larger more strenuous trails that may be more appropriate for more dedicated trail enthusiasts and athletes. For instance, the American Discovery Trail crosses both the state of Iowa and Illinois and extends a length of 57.3 miles, whereas the Centennial Park Trail is just six-tenths of a mile, and extends through Centennial Park in Davenport. The Quad City Health Initiative has been working to strengthen QCTrails.org’s online presence and better communicate the resource to the community via a variety of channels, including asking our partners for help.
TAKE ACTION STEPS:
- Log your trail use and upload photos from your trail adventures on QCTrails.org. Like QCTrails.org on Facebook. Share and comment on their posts.
- Visit local trails and consider bringing a trash bag to do an informal clean up.
- Challenge yourself to try someplace new, or an activity you haven’t tried before, such as kayaking on the Rock River, or mountain biking on Sylvan Island.
- Pass on the love of trails to the next generation!