On Saturday, June 2, National Trails Day, The Nature Conservancy will host a day of guided hikes and trail stewardship at the Pawling Nature Reserve, located on Quaker Lake Road from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System’s creation, and visitors can walk along a section of the historic Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile-long protected footpath that continues uninterrupted from Georgia to Maine. Event partners include the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
The event offers guided hikes led by local naturalists, and will take participants through sections of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail or through a loop trail within the Pawling Nature Reserve. The hikes are of moderate difficulty and will last between two and three hours.
Interested volunteers can help steward a half-mile section of trail by creating water bars, installing erosion features to keep trails dry, and removing vegetation off the trail. Maintaining trails improves them and helps to ensure that they are viable now and in the future. No prior stewardship experience is required. The event is open to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, but participants must be 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent to participate in stewardship activity.
Pre-registration is required for guided hikes and stewardship activity. Visitors can also hike the trails on their own. For registration, directions and more detailed information, please visit Nature.org/NYEvents.