Celebrate National Trails Day with Your Trail Family

April 13, 2022
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Celebrate National Trails Day with Your Trail Family
Children hiking in a forest. Photo by Jeremy Apgar.


Created by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is observed every June across the country. The day recognizes the power trails have in helping people enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

Since 1920, the Trail Conference has been known as the “doers” in connecting people with nature. As we prepare to celebrate National Trails Day and welcome the arrival of summer, we anticipate more people than ever will be exploring the trails under our care. More feet and wheels equal more impact—which is why our vigilance in studying usage, assessing its effects, and implementing sustainable solutions is crucial. Give a National Trails Day gift June 1-8 to the "doers" who make your great trail experiences possible, and your gift will be doubled!

Join your Trail Family for one (or all!) of the following events as we celebrate the trails that offer us so much:

Wednesday, June 1
Trail Conference Town Hall (Webinar)

Hear our mid-year review and the latest at the Trail Conference.

Join Executive Director Josh Howard, for a town hall update on the Trail Conference. Please attend this meeting to hear about how we are doing, our initiatives for the near and medium-term, and for an open Q&A session at the end.

Virtual Town Hall

Saturday, June 4
Guided Hike: Vista Trail Loop

This loop hike crosses less-traveled portions of the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, taking you along the recently relocated section around the beautiful waterfall, passing the scenic MacMillan Reservoir, and up to an expansive view overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Trail Conference Headquarters, Mahwah, N.J.

Saturday, June 4
Intro to Compass + Land Navigation Workshop

Learn how to navigate a hike, avoid getting lost, and how to get back on the trail using a compass.

This course, held outdoors, teaches the basics of land navigation skills including blaze, map, and compass use. Participants will gain the ability to understand blazes and contour lines as well as understand triangulation and how to orient a map.

Outdoor Workshop at Trail Conference Headquarters, Mahwah, N.J.

Saturday, June 4
Kiosks Tour and Guided Hike: Monksville Reservoir Overlooks and Trail Kiosks

Signage takes guesswork out of your trail experience. New signage has been developed to help improve your trail experience.

Learn about the Trail Conference's signage project that can be seen and felt throughout West Milford, NJ. Following an overview of the kiosk project, an optional 3-mile hike along the Burnt Meadow Trail, with spectacular overlooks of Monskville Reservoir.

West Milford, N.J.

Saturday, June 4
Guided Hike: Stokes State Forest from Stony Lake to Fire Tower

5-mile, moderate to difficult, hike up the side of the Kittatiny Ridge to the Culver Fire Tower and return via the Appalachian Trail.

Stokes State Forest, Branchville, NJ

Monday, June 6
Essentials Items For Destination Camping (Webinar)

If destination car camping is a bucket list item for this summer, this is a must see webinar!

Our expert from Campmor is here to give you a list of must-have camping gear to take your car camping adventure to the next level. From a lineup of amazingly cozy camp mattresses to the ultimate in camp cooking technology, you will hear the latest and best camping gear of the season.

Virtual Gear Talk