Summer readers of all ages laced up their hiking boots and gathered at Meriwether Lewis Park to participate in National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Approximately 30 participants completed the “Meriwether Mile” while walking in the final footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and helping improve trails around the Grinder Cabin by clearing tree limbs. Members of the Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation were also on hand to share information about the life of Meriwether Lewis, his death, the history of the park that surrounds his grave, and answered numerous questions about Lewis, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Thomas Jefferson.
National Trails Day is the only nationally coordinated event designed to connect more people to trails. Each year, on the first Saturday of June, American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country.
By coordinating a variety of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act, as well as, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
This event was held as part of “Libraries Rock,” the 2018 Lewis County Public Library Summer Reading Program and was sponsored by the Meriwether Lewis Chapter with additional funding being provided through a Dollar General Summer Reading Literacy grant.