June 6 is National Trails Day and the City of Duluth has many ways for you to participate!  Why shouldn't we celebrate our local trails, we're known for them.  Whether it's running, biking or hiking our trails are award-winning and growing more and more popular.  We have over 180 miles of trails to explore, get out and enjoy!

I use to love running the Waterfront Trail, then had a tough time after three ankle surguries. I have to stick to the paved trails to run, but for hiking, bird watching and just breathing in the fresh air our Northland trails are the BEST!

There are several events in the area to help commemorate the day.  Make plans to attend the one closest to you or step out and enjoy another area of beauty in the Twin Ports.

 

 

 

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    Duluth Parks

    The Lakewalk will have representatives from the Duluth Invaders service initiative hosting an informational table at 23rd Avenue East and Water Street to share information and answer questions about the negative impact of invasive plants.

    • WHAT: Learn about invasive plants that are growing along Duluth trails
    • WHEN: Saturday, June 6 from 10AM-2PM
    • WHERE: Informal Duluth Invaders informational booth located along the Lakewalk at 23rd Avenue East and Water Street.

    For more info contact: Cheryl Skafte, Volunteer Coordinator, 218-730-4334 or cskafte@duluthmn.gov

     

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    Superior Hiking Trail Association

    They have two hikes planned in and around Jay Cooke State Park. We should really appreciate this because of the flooding of 2012.  So much of Jay Cooke was changed, it's amazing to go back and see how the land has been restructured.  They are planning a long and short route that should accommodate almost everyone! Enjoy treats and a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will officially open the new section of trail before the hikes begin. No pre-registration required for hikes. Long Hike 5.9 miles, Wild Valley Rd. Trailhead to Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center. This NEW section of the SHT features a nice mix of forest, steep climbs and views of the St. Louis River and valley.  Short Hike 2.5 miles, within Jay Cooke State Park. This hike crosses the famous Swinging Bridge and travels along the St. Louis River on the East and West Ridge state park trails.
    • WHAT:     Hiking with the SHTA
    • WHEN:     Saturday, June 6 from 10AM-2PM
    • WHERE:   Both hikes meet at the Jay Cooke State Park
    Visitor center. A free state park day pass will be provided for those who do not have one. From I-35, take the Carlton Exit #235 and go right (east) on Hwy. 210 for 5.5 miles to Jay Cooke state Park Visitor Center parking lot.
    Contact: hike@shta.org or218-834-2700
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    Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance

    Gather on the Amity Creek Trail which is a designated City of Duluth Horse Trail to celebrate National Trail Day. You are welcome to stop by to learn about the goals of the organization and meet some of the board members.

    • WHAT:     DAHTA Celebration of National Trails Day
    • WHEN:     Saturday, June 6 from 9:30 - 10:30AM
    • WHERE:   The top of Seven Bridges Road at the Amity Trailhead

    Contact: Jerry Brost, DAHTA Board Member, 763-228-2212

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    Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores

    If you'd rather volunteer time than hike a trail, the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores or COGGS will be leading volunteers in a trail reconstruction project to reconnect what was lost with last year's road projects on Seven Bridges Road and will be bringing back the Amity Connector. While you get your hands dirty you can meet fellow riders and trail enthusiasts. Make some friends and learn all about the COGGS.  They will provide lunch and some drinks, all tools and know-how. You provide yourself, some work gloves, sturdy footwear, and some water! (and thank you in advance!)

    • WHAT:     Volunteer Trail Construction Project
    • WHEN:     Saturday, June 6 - Meet at 10AM and work until around 2PM with a lunch break.
    • WHERE:   Lester Park Trail Center (park at the Ski Trail parking area at Seven Bridges Road, Maxwell Road intersection).
    • RSVP: Help COGGS plan appropriately for lunch! RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/458502454304426/

    Contact: Waylon Munch, waymunch@gmail.com