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Explore outdoors, hike trails June 1
Black Rock Mtn SP hikers
A couple takes a break from hiking at an overlook at Black Rock Mountain State Park near the Georgia-North Carolina border to marvel at the bright fall colors and serene mountain views. - photo by Photo provided.

Georgians of all ages are invited to lace up their hiking boots this June in celebration of National Trails Day. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross America. It’s our country’s largest public trail event. Programs included ranger-led hikes, paddling tours and history hikes. A listing of National Trails Day events can be found at  To make reservations for camping, cottages or yurts, call 1-800-864-7275.  

Georgia’s state parks and historic sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources. To learn more about the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, visit 

For example, at General Coffee State Park hikers can spot Gopher Tortoise burrows scattered along the sand hills on the Gopher Loop Trail. The trail meanders through Longleaf pines, oaks and wiregrass.

On June 4, celebrate National Trails Day and Georgia State Parks’ 85th anniversary with ranger-led hikes at parks around the state. Go to

Or, take advantage of an extended stay to explore multiple trails while visiting Georgia State Parks. Treetop camping, yurt glamping, paddle-in camping to remote beaches, and backcountry camping offers a range of ways to stay in state parks. Call 1-800-864-7275.

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