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Embrace the Outdoors: Celebrate National Trails Day in Gaston County

National Trails Day, established by the American Hiking Society (AHS), is an annual celebration on the first Saturday in June. Founded by AHS, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting hiking trails and outdoor recreational spaces in the United States, this event aims to inspire individuals to explore and appreciate the beauty of trails while advocating for their preservation and conservation. Since its inception in 1993, National Trails Day has evolved into a highly anticipated occasion, drawing thousands of nationwide participants. In Gaston County and its surrounding areas, numerous exciting events plan to encourage people to embrace the outdoors and make the most of this special day.

Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt

at George Poston Park

June 2, 2023 | 6:00 PM

Hosted by Gaston County Parks and Recreation, prepare for an exciting evening as you embark on a Bigfoot search adventure along the scenic trails of George Poston Park. Keep your senses alert and watch for unexpected sightings of the elusive creature, as Bigfoot is known to make "surprise" appearances throughout the park. Engage in a thrilling family smartphone scavenger hunt, where you'll unravel puzzles and conquer challenges together. Get ready to capture hilarious family photos, engage in a lively game of leapfrog amidst the park's beauty, or even pretend to be a distant relative of Bigfoot. This exhilarating experience promises endless fun and is suitable for the entire family. Best of all, admission is free, and no sign-up is required. Get ready to create unforgettable memories on this extraordinary adventure!

Volunteer Trail Day

at Crowders Mountain

Jun 3, 2023 | 8:30 AM

Join the Friends of Crowders Mountain for a fantastic volunteer work day during the National Trails Day celebration at Crowders Mountain State Park. The event will commence at the Boulders Access in Kings Mountain, NC, at 8:30 AM, with refreshments and an opportunity to meet the trail crew leaders. Volunteers will then break into groups for trail maintenance activities until noon. Water, snacks, work gloves, safety glasses, insect repellents, and tools are all provided. Remember to dress appropriately for outdoor work and bring any necessary medications. Stay for a delicious lunch courtesy of the Friends of Crowders Mountain, Inc., with the FOCM, Inc. Board meeting to follow. Take part in this special event and contribute to preserving Crowders Mountain's trails while enjoying the camaraderie and satisfaction of volunteer work.

Pharr Yarns 4-mile Hike

in McAdenville

June 3, 2023 | 9:00 AM

Experience the beauty of McAdenville on the Pharr Yarns Family 4-mile Hike, presented by the Carolina Thread Trail. Join us on June 3, 2023, at 9:00 AM as we embark on this exciting adventure, beginning at the newly developed section of the Pharr Yarn Family Trail (formerly known as the South Fork Trail) and journeying to Cable Point before returning. Along the way, Ashton Lamb, the Thread Trail Community Coordinator, will provide insightful details about the latest developments and highlights of the Thread Trail in eastern Gaston County.

Later in the afternoon, the Pharr Yarns Family Trail will officially open its doors to the public. This 1.5-mile gravel and paved greenway in downtown McAdenville promise to offer a delightful outdoor experience for individuals and families alike. As for the previously named South Fork Trail, it boasts a natural surface and features a relatively flat terrain, ensuring an enjoyable hike for all participants.

National Trails Day

at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

June 3, 2023 | 9:00 AM

Celebrate National Trails Day at the picturesque Kings Mountain Gateway Trail on June 3, 2023, starting at 9:00 AM. Begin your day with a rejuvenating "Yoga" session led by Logan Kolometz on the lush lawn. Enhance your fitness journey by participating in the thrilling "Fitness Challenge" on the trail and at workout stations from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The first 35 participants will even receive complimentary shirts! Engage in an exciting Scavenger Hunt on the trail, available from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon, and enjoy the adventure sponsored by the Gateway Trail, Edward Jones, and Limitless Gym.

Immerse yourself in nature by taking a leisurely walk through the enchanting woods of the Gateway Trail. Delectable bites, sweet treats, and craft beverages will end the day. National Trails Day at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail promises a memorable experience for all outdoor enthusiasts. Don't miss out! This incredible opportunity to connect with nature, embrace fitness challenges, and create lasting memories.

National Trails Day

at Tuckaseege Park

June 3, 2023 | 10:00 AM

Join us for National Trails Day at Tuckaseege Park in Mount Holly on June 3, 2023, at 10:00 AM. This family-friendly event celebrates outdoor exploration at the Mount Holly River Hawk Greenway. Enjoy kayak rentals, yoga classes, bike tours, live music by Johnny Rockett, and vendors. Gaston County offers a variety of trails for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Take advantage of this opportunity to embrace nature and celebrate this special day.


Get ready to celebrate National Trails Day and embark on an outdoor adventure! Join the exciting events in Gaston County and its surroundings – a Bigfoot scavenger hunt, trail maintenance at Crowders Mountain, a family hike on the Pharr Yarns Trail, fitness challenges at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, and festivities at Tuckaseege Park. It's time to connect with nature, create memories, and preserve the beauty of our trails. Don't miss out on this opportunity – embrace the trails and celebrate the joy of the outdoors!

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