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National Trails Day

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May 27th, 2016 at 10:00AM

Spectacular view of Lake Dunmore and the Adirondack Mountains from the Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail.
Spectacular view of Lake Dunmore and the Adirondack Mountains from the Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail. Photo: U.S. Forest Service

After finishing your picnic lunch near views of water cascading 35 feet out of a rock wall at the Falls of Lana Picnic Area, make sure to continue on Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail for more spectacular views! Situated in Vermont’s scenic Green Mountain National Forest, the Rattlesnake Cliffs Trail passes the upper end of the Aunt Jenny Trail then forks at the Oak Ridge Trail. At the southern end of the Oak Ridge Trail, fork right to hike north towards a series of west-facing ledges with views of Lake Dunmore and the Adirondack Mountains. You’ll leave the trail feeling refreshed with bragging rights for having seen one of National Forest Foundation’s 15 national forest waterfalls not to miss!

What better way to celebrate National Trails Day on June 4 then exploring this or one of many other amazing trails in the Eastern Region. See below for additional trail information by state:

Pennsylvania

Allegheny National Forest

Over 200 miles of hiking trails and 18 miles of interpretive trails – Allegheny offers variety of hiking experiences and the best part is the hiking trails never close.

A photo of Green Mountain National Forest’s beautiful Falls of Lana.
Green Mountain National Forest’s beautiful Falls of Lana. Photo: U.S. Forest Service

Wisconsin

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Featuring 800 miles of trails with unique forest landscapes and abundant wetlands, the CNNF is a hiker’s paradise!

Minnesota

Chippewa National Forest

There is no better way to experience the Forest than on a trail - hike and view spring wildflowers, or bike along a tranquil wetland on over 298 miles of non-motorized trails.

Superior National Forest

Grab your boots, water bottle, snack and some bug repellent. There are over 400 miles of hiking trail in the Superior, so you could be exploring for a long time! You will discover scenic vistas, clear lakes, historic railroads and more. There are shot day hikes, long day hikes, backpacking trails, rugged uphills, long flat stretches and steep descents; it’s all up to you! Check out the Forest’s hiking brochure to being planning your trip.

Vermont

Green Mountain National Forest

The Green Mountain National Forest has over 900 miles of trail for every interest and ability.

Michigan

Hiawatha National Forest

Hundreds of miles of some of the best trails in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula await you in the Hiawatha! Our trails take you on delightful tours of the northwoods – to remote lakes and streams where you may catch a glimpse of a loon or soaring bald eagle – or simply to spend a day in the vast expanse of northern forest.

Huron-Manistee National Forest

Ottawa National Forest

Hiking trails on the Ottawa offer something for everyone. More than 196 miles of hiking and backpacking trails vary widely in character. Some provide short, easy walks to points of interest, such as waterfalls and historic sites. Cross-country travel is another challenging opportunity offered.

Missouri

Mark Twain National Forest

West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest

Illinois

Shawnee National Forest

There are many miles of diverse hiking and backpacking trails in the Shawnee, including the 160-mile River to River Trail.  

New Hampshire

White Mountain National Forest

Discover a rich history of hiking on the White Mountain! With over 1,200 miles of non-motorized trails, you have an opportunity for challenge, adventure and renewal. You can choose from easy strolls into a wooded environment to challenging climbs above the treeline. Remember, weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, check out the following links to prepare for a safe & fun trip:

When planning your trails adventure, remember to incorporate safety! Be prepared with the 10 essentials: map, compass, warm clothing, extra food and water, flashlight or headlamp, matches/firestarters, first aid kit, whistle, rain/wind gear, and a pocket knife. Following are some great resources on how to keep yourself and resources safe:

See you on the trails!