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A Mix of #TrailMoments That Will Keep You Motivated All Year Long

By: Suzanne Matyas
October 6, 2023

Photo courtesy Ajoa Abrokwa
Photo courtesy Ajoa Abrokwa

This year, as people began to transition from the summer season to the fall, we encouraged everyone to spend more time outside on trails and to make these moments a bigger part of their day-to-day routines. We know these “trail moments” can make our everyday lives better, so we called on you to join us in demonstrating how impactful and joyful they can be by sharing your favorite snapshots and stories from the trail.

We were amazed by the special memories made by people like you and our partners over just a few weeks, and we wanted to share them with everyone! As a result, we gathered up a handful of these highlights—we hope they keep you inspired to use trails more often and to keep making #TrailMoments all year long!

TrailMoments that highlight health, restoration and wellbeing:

Christopher “Salt” Morton’s Trail Moments: A Journey of Self-Reflection

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TrailMoments that highlighted spending time in nature:

Exploring by trail with Medha Gandhi (@BabyHotSauce)

TrailMoments with Medha Gandhi (@BabyHotSauce)
TrailMoments with Medha Gandhi (@BabyHotSauce)
TrailMoments with Medha Gandhi (@BabyHotSauce)
TrailMoments with Medha Gandhi (@BabyHotSauce)

A bike ride of beautiful views, courtesy of Chris Mustain

Virginia Creeper Trail | Photo courtesy Chris Mustain
Virginia Creeper Trail | Photo courtesy Chris Mustain
Virginia's New River Trail | Photo courtesy Chris Mustain
Virginia’s New River Trail | Photo courtesy Chris Mustain
Virginia Creeper Trail | Photo courtesy Chris Mustain
Virginia Creeper Trail | Photo courtesy Chris Mustain

Getting out in your own backyard with @LuLuYLaLa

TrailMoments that highlighted swapping car trips for trail trips:

Going to the grocery store—by trail—with Erik Binggeser (@TrueMarmalade)

Screenshot of Erik Binggeser's (@TrueMarmalade) #TrailMoments | Tap to view video on Youtube
Screenshot of Erik Binggeser’s (@TrueMarmalade) #TrailMoments | Tap to view video on Youtube

A 101 course about bike commuting with teacher Chris Hill

Chris Hill on a bike commute | Photo courtesy Chris Hill
Chris Hill on a bike commute | Photo courtesy Chris Hill

TrailMoments that highlighted sharing the trail and recreating responsibility:

Sam Westby (@SamCWestby) on Biking Across the Country

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TrailMoments that highlighted volunteering and stewardship:

Trail Moments With Ash Manning: Wild Relationships

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A post shared by Ashley Manning (@ashleysadventure)

TrailMoments that highlighted connecting with family, friends and loved ones:

Ajoa (@SheIsFocused_Next) on Connecting with Family

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A post shared by Ajoa Abrokwa (@sheisfocused_next)

Suzanne Matyas | Photo courtesy Suzanne Matyas
Suzanne Matyas

Suzanne Matyas is RTC’s social media and engagement strategist. She is an inline skating and skiing enthusiast, and a mediocre runner, and loves corny jokes.

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