Enjoy an Arkansas State Park Trail this Saturday and Join the Nationwide Celebration of National Trails Day 2013

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2013
Joan Ellison, Arkansas State Parks
Office: 501-682-2873 / Mobile: 501-837-3086
joan.ellison@arkansas.gov


ENJOY AN ARKANSAS STATE PARK TRAIL THIS SATURDAY AND JOIN
THE NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2013

National Trails Day Celebrates America’s Wide Diversity of Trails
While Encouraging the Public to Enjoy a Trail Experience

This Saturday, June 1, marks the 21st anniversary of National Trails Day, America’s largest trail celebration. According to Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts, “National Trails Day is an opportunity for everyone to get out and have some fun on Arkansas’s trails while celebrating the unmatched system of trails we are so fortunate to have here in The Natural State.” He said, “Arkansas’s trails provide so many benefits and experiences including recreation, health and fitness, wildlife observation, alternate transportation, and tourism. Diverse trail types like hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, water, and off road vehicle trails represent just a few of the many varieties available in Arkansas.”

He noted that Arkansas’s wide diversity of trail experiences is evident in the trails featured in the state parks. The state park system includes 141 trails totaling 388 miles. Arkansas State Parks trails range in length from short nature walks to overnight backpacking adventures. Trails lead hikers through rugged, scenic terrain in Arkansas’s two mountain ranges, the Ozarks and the Ouachitas. Trails stretch along the shores of Arkansas’s great lakes and into bottomlands teeming with wildlife. Hikers can follow the banks of renowned rivers, including wild and scenic streams. And, trail enthusiasts can explore state historic sites and Arkansas’s diamond site. In addition to walking and hiking trails, the state park system also includes biking, equestrian, river, and off highway vehicle trails. Among this wide variety of trails are nationally-designated trails. And, barrier-free trails accommodate the needs of visitors with disabilities. All Arkansas state park trails are here to enjoy free of charge.

Greg Butts encourages individuals and families to connect with the outdoors by taking a healthy trail hike. “Enjoying a state park trail is a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature, and share this experience with family and friends. Explore a trail on your own,” he said, “or join a state park interpreter on a guided hike. Many parks will be hosting commemorative, guided hikes on Saturday. Our interpreters will connect you to the beauty and history found in the parks, and you’ll enjoy shared experiences that will make memories to last a lifetime.”

To find the perfect Arkansas state park trail for you and your family, use the Trail Finder at: www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

For details about other trails around Arkansas, visit: www.Arkansas.com.

For further information, contact: Joan Ellison, public information officer, Arkansas State Parks, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, phone: 501-682-2873, email: joan.ellison@arkansas.gov.

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