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National Take a Hike Day!

Updated: Nov 24, 2022

Did you know that November 17 is National Take a Hike Day!

No, I don’t mean that you should high tail it outta here or “hit the road Jack” (although in a way it kinda does mean this just not in the way you think). National Take A Hike Day is to commemorate the US trail system and was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. This program doubled the number of trails in America. In 1968 Congress passed the National Trail System Act of 1968, which authorized the completion of major scenic and historic trails within the system. The Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail were completed in their entirety at this time.

Today there are over 88,000 miles as part of America’s National Trails system. It consists of 11 National Scenic Trail, 19 national historic trails, 1,300 national recreational trails, and 7 side and connecting trails.

Can you name some of the trails of America’s National Trail System? (yeah no cheating, you can’t list the ones already mentioned above) Have you hiked any of them? Or, are there any that are calling your name, and you long to hike? Is one on your bucket list?

What are the benefits? What do you need to know in order to stay injury-free and safe while hiking? Check out my post "What Type of Shoe do I need for Hiking? (According to a Physical Therapist)."

Stay tuned for more great information on my favorite activity!

Are you someone who longs to hike but you don’t even know where to begin? Is it one of your goals to reach the summit of a mountain but you’re held back because you don’t feel like you are fit enough or are uncertain about how to be safe while hiking? Click the link to find out more about how I can help you feel confident to "hit the trail!"

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