Learn trail and hiking skills on National Trails Day

National Trails Day is coming up June 3, 2017, and officials at Shenandoah National Park are holding events on hiking skills.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, or PATC, says new and experienced hikers can learn new trail skills at its Trail Patrol “Beyond the Trailhead” event at the Byrd Visitor Center.

There will be discussions on Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and wilderness first aid techniques as well as a demonstration of traditional tools used to maintain trails in the wilderness.

There will also be a series of guided hikes suitable for all ages and skill groups, including families with children, to advanced hikes for adults.

The events and hikes are free to attend, but there is a $25-per-car entrance fee to get into the park, which is good for seven days.

National Trails Day is an annual, nationally recognized trail awareness program that aims to promote healthy living and mental well-being, protect green space, educate youth and adults on the importance of trails, and instill an excitement for the outdoors.

PATC is a volunteer trails maintenance group that maintains 240 miles of the mid-Atlantic region of the Appalachian Trail and 730 miles of other trails in the Washington, D.C. area as well as Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

For more information, send an email to tpntd@patc.net.


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