Hike the Hill 2017

We’re in D.C. for an important week of lobbying and meetings with our elected officials and agency representatives. The American Hiking Society and Partnership for the National Trails System are hosting a large group of us on Capitol Hill — and you can bet we are working hard to protect and expand the National Trails […]

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On Trails – Book Review

[Originally appeared in Earth Island Journal] “Without trails, we would be lost.” The simplicity of this statement in the prologue of Robert Moor’s first book, On Trails: An Exploration, opens the door to an in-depth study of trails, their purpose, and their meaning. Exploring paths forged by creatures ranging from ants to elephants to modern […]

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  In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, here is an excerpt from our love letter to national parks from national trails. (To read the entire piece, visit Earth Island Journal)     National parks offer perennial destinations we are all familiar with, while national trails take those experiences and extend them thousands […]

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Iditarod Race 2016

The World’s Last Great Race   The following race gallery and updates were provided by National Trails Guide correspondent Susie Stevens-Briody. Photos courtesy of Iditarod.com, Iditarod Trail Committee, Iditarod Insider Team &  KTVA (Anchorage), Terrie Hanke and Sebastian Schnuelle (‘Armchair Musher’/former racer).   It’s time for the Last Great Race on Earth again in Alaska!  […]

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  In 2014, we interviewed Janet Moreland — who had just retraced 2,600 miles of the journey of Lewis and Clark by kayak at the time — and wondered what she’s up to now… Here’s an update!   Who is Janet Moreland? I love the outdoors and strive to immerse myself in the natural environment […]

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  This blog entry unveils a brand new infographic introducing the National Trails. We’ll be expanding this graphic in the coming months but for now, here is a basic introduction to the trails with a visual spin: the infographic.   Stay tuned for more multimedia offerings from the National Trails Guide, like this infographic, as […]

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  There was some anticipation for the film A Walk in the Woods (2015) in the national trails community. This film version of Bill Bryson’s book of the same name stars Robert Redford and prominently features the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.   I allowed some time to pass (probably too much) after seeing this film […]

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  This summer, I had the pleasure of visiting almost every region of the State of Florida. One highlight, as we went searching for the Florida National Scenic Trail, was a canoe ride through the Ocala National Forest. With Florida Trail Association staffer Jeff Glenn, we floated down Juniper Creek, one of the crown jewels […]

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  It’s an honor to be speaking at the 15th National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, just outside Nashville, Tennessee. The conference is sponsored by the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) and my topic is “Working with Youth and Technology to Promote Our Trails.” Here is the synopsis: It’s important in today’s fast-paced […]

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The World’s Last Great Race (This daily account of the race is provided by National Trails Guide correspondent Susie Stevens-Briody. Thanks to Iditarod.com — photos courtesy of Iditarod Trail Committee and Iditarod Teacher on the Trail)     DAY SIX   The front-running teams have gone through another 100 milies and two more checkpoint villages […]

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