ATLANTA — Georgians are invited to lace up their hiking boots this month in celebration of National Trails Day and the 85th anniversary of Georgia’s State Park System.
Park rangers are saying “hike with us on our birthday” as a way to honor the country’s largest public trail event. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails in America.
Programs included ranger-led hikes, kayak tours, caving, geocaching and even the kickoff of a new dog walking club.
While most are set for Saturday, a few will happen throughout the month.
The Department of Natural Resources listed two events in its coastal region. more can be found at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.
To make reservations for camping, cottages or yurts, visitors can go online or call 1-800-864-7275.
Georgia’s state parks and historic sites are operated by the DNR. To learn more about the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, go to www.AmericanHiking.org.
Coastal region events
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Fort McAllister State Park — Richmond Hill
Help make one of the park’s biggest goals become a reality. After a morning hike on Redbird Creek Trail, we need volunteers to help work on new trails inside this low-country park. $5 parking. Free for volunteers. 912-727-2339.
Day Boardwalk Hike
Saturday, 9-10 a.m.
Stephen C. Foster State Park — Fargo
Celebrate National Trails Day with a ranger-led hike on our Trembling Earth Boardwalk trail to see a portion of the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.