than two weeks away. It's that day when we join thousands of other trail folks around the nation to celebrate the great system of trails we use to access our nation's backcountry.
The 2004 National Trails Day theme is "Trails and Health…a
Natural Connection". I could not think of a more fitting premise; hiking backcountry trails in the shade of an oxygen rich forest is very healthful for both body and mind. Joining in with a trails service group adds a heart healthy social connection and the feeling of pride in keeping our trails safe and accessible for everyone.
Need more incentive; well, we have some cool SWAG for our NTD
Volunteers. We are giving away National Trails Day t-shirts, Thorlos socks, Natrapel bug spray, Tender After Bite sing kill, Royal Robins, Galyons, EMS carabineer key rings. This year Phillip Galls Outfitters of Lexington is joining in by advertising for NTD Volunteers and adding several of their retail items to our Trails Day celebration rewards. (More Goodies) After a big day on the trail we will gather for the evening festivities including the awarding the freebees and a
pre-opening tour of the new Gladie Environmental and Cultural
Learning Center, Hal Rogers will be cutting the ribbon the following Monday. We will have our usual big potluck supper and campfire social. Free camping is provided for anyone wanting to stay over.
Come join us, sign-in starts at 9:30 in the parking lot in front of the new Gladie Environmental and Cultural Learning Center. At 10:00 we will have our safety briefing and car pool to the Trailhead. Free Cliff bars will be given out to the early arrivers.
This year's project will be clearing on Swift Camp Creek Trail. Swift Camp is in the Wilderness and only non-motorized maintenane is permitted. Some crew members will be using hand saws and loppers while others will be using a crosscut saw just as our forefathers would have. The Forest Service will provide all the tools
and safety gear but we could use additional sharp pruning saws; 10 inches or longer or sturdy bypass loppers 2 ft. or larger. To make things interesting we will hike in via a side trail to visit a large natural arch. Due to the distance and rough terrain this will be a moderately strenuous service outing. Please don't let this give you second thoughts because everyone is free to travel at there own pace and I will also need help with several Trails Day related projects
that do not involve going on the long trail. The event goes on rain or shine so don't worry about the weather. Late arrivals are discouraged due safety concerns but I will make arrangements for sign-ins and assignments up till noon.
To get to Gladie Historic site; take exit 33 from the
Mountain Prkway and turn left under the overpass. Turn left again on KY 15 north, about two miles then turn right on KY 77. Bear right at the KY 715 junction and follow 715 to Gladie.