RTC's Jake Lynch, left, and Eric Oberg man the grill at a National Trails Day celebration in Marlinton, W.Va., along the Greenbrier River Trail.
The celebration in Marlinton was in honor of the Greenbrier River Trail being named to the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.
Tell Us ...
In May, we asked you to tell us about what you had planned for National Trails Day on June 2.
Gus Rivera — Mount Carmel, Pa.
To celebrate National Trails Day (though we couldn't do it exactly on June 2), a group of six of us is going to ride the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Pennsylvania from Jersey Shore to Wellsboro Junction, then down to Wellsboro to spend the night at the Penn Wells Hotel and Lodge; all told, about 70 miles. Then, after a soothing shower and a great meal, a couple of brews and a good night's rest, we'll gear up for the return trip the next morning.
For most of us in the group, this will be our first attempt at this type of distance, though I have done 25, 30 and 50 miles before, most recently at the Lehigh Gorge State Park from Jim Thorpe to White Haven, Pa., and back. We are really looking forward to this milestone in our cycling repertoire.
Pat Day — Ravenel, S.C.
We are going to bike the Little Traverse Wheelway in Michigan on our way to Oregon. We are planning our trip around as many rail-trails as we can for the months of June and July from Charleston, S.C., to Lincoln City, Ore., and back.
Dave Wright — Victor, N.Y.
Victor Hiking Trails (VHT) will again host a series of hikes on Saturday, June 2. We will showcase our accomplishments of 2011 and talk about our plans for 2012.
The "party" will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Fishers Fire Station #1, 7853 Main Street, Fishers, N.Y., with a FREE continental breakfast. Come have some juice, coffee, tea, pastries and fruit and learn about our 50-plus miles of trails in Victor. At 9 a.m. we will lead two hikes simultaneously.
Hike #1 will go northwest on the Auburn Trail to Probst Road and back, an easy three-mile journey that should take an hour and 30 minutes. Hikers will see the recently upgraded Thruway underpass, the new steel bridge over Irondequoit Creek, and the newest trail section topped with stonedust. Bring your camera and binoculars to enjoy the wildlife along this section.
Hike #2 will head southeast on the Auburn Trail, cross the new wooden footbridge onto Domine Builders Supply property, and follow the yellow trail to the Lehigh Valley Trail. From there the hike will head west to Old Dutch Road, then north to the entrance to Fishers Park.
There will be a third hike beginning around 1 p.m., heading southeast on the Auburn Trail to Lehigh Crossing Park to see the beaver activity and the trails that lead to Auburn Landing Plaza. Everyone who completes all three hikes will receive a one-year membership to VHT.