Celebrate National Trails Day at Big South Fork on Saturday, June 7

ONEIDA, Tenn. (Submitted) -- As part of a National Trails Day celebration, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host a day of trail repair and clean-up on Saturday, June 7.

The event will be held on the Middle Creek Nature Loop, and volunteers will meet at the parking area of the Middle Creek Nature Loop off Divide Road at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

The Middle Creek Nature Loop was the first official trail built in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. This event will fall near the 32nd anniversary of this trail's creation: Construction began on June 14, 1982.

The National Park Service is partnering with the American Hiking Society on National Trails Day, a celebration that will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, June 7, 2014, for the 22nd annual celebration of America’s trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers.

More than 2,000 nationwide events will take place across the country including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more! Since 1993, National Trails Day has inspired millions of individuals and community groups to take part in activities that promote healthy living and mental well-being, protect green space, educate youth and adults on the importance of trails, and instill excitement for the outdoors.

Volunteers that plan to work on trails at Big South Fork will need to bring plenty of water, snacks and gloves. Be sure to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. The park will provide all tools and personal protective equipment. For more information, contact Big South Fork Volunteer Coordinator Effie Houston or Trails Supervisor Wally Linder.

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