DEP Encourages the Public
to Take to the Trails this Weekend:
Celebrate National Trails Day in New Jersey
(04/64) TRENTON - The Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) kicks-off National Trails
Day on Saturday with events and activities planned throughout
the weekend in state parks, forests and other sites throughout
"Trails in New Jersey provide an abundance of opportunities.
You can enjoy the scenic panorama of flowers and trees,
you can look for and identify wildlife, you can connect
with our historic past and you can hike for better health,"
said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "Whether
you live in the city, suburbs, or rural areas there is probably
a trail or pathway close to you."
This year the national theme is "Trails and Health-A
Natural Connection." Campbell encourages families and
outdoor enthusiasts to access more than 1,000 miles of marked
or mapped trails and approximately 500 miles of canoeable
In addition to the annual celebration, Trails Day develops
a better understanding of the importance of trails and what
it takes to establish, preserve and maintain them throughout
National Trails Day was first celebrated in 1993 to commemorate
the 25th anniversary of the National Trails System Act.
It is now an annual event recognizing and promoting the
many benefits of trails.
A complete list of National Trails Day events is available