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Celebrate National Trails Day in Louisville

Thursday June 5, 2008

Saturday, June 7 is Nationwide Celebration of Trails

Take a hike – but don’t leave Louisville. This Saturday is National Trails Day and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy offers three ways you can get involved:

  • Hike or bike the recently restored multiuse trail in Cherokee Park. The trail starts at Hogan’s Fountain and provides access to Baringer Hill and nearby rugby fields. Last fall, it was rebuilt to feature a more sustainable design, restoring eroded land and following the hill’s natural contours to prevent future damage. The trail – which features gentle grades and mounds and rock ledges – is open to hikers, runners and mountain bikers. (Other trails are designated for pedestrians only.)
  • Get some fresh air and a workout helping care for other trails in Cherokee Park. From 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Chauffeur’s Rest (on Barrett Hill Road between Cherokee and Sulgrave Roads), join volunteers from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, The Trail Store and other groups maintaining several miles of trails in the parks. 
  • Buy a “Hike Every Trail” T-shirt. Available from Quest Outdoors stores and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, these rugged green shirts are $20 and half the purchase price supports the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.  

The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization restoring, enhancing and preserving Louisville’s historic parks and parkways conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted. Known as “the father of landscape architecture,” Olmsted also designed New York City’s Central Park and Asheville, North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate.  Louisville’s Olmsted Parks include Cherokee Park, Seneca Park, Iroquois Park, Shawnee Park and many others. More information is available online at www.olmstedparks.org.

National Trails Day is the signature trail awareness program of the American Hiking Society. First celebrated in 1993, National Trails Day was launched to inspire Americans to seek out, discover, learn about and celebrate their favorite trails.

-- information courtesy of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.