This post adapted from multiple releases by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and natural Resources (DCNR).
PA Trails Month
Each September, Pennsylvania celebrates PA Trails Month and the more than 12,000 miles of trails across the commonwealth that are available to explore by foot, bike, ATV, horse, boat, and more. Pennsylvania’s vision is to develop a statewide land and water trail network to facilitate recreation, transportation, and healthy lifestyles for all. In addition to the trails on state park and forest lands, the agency supports local and regional trails with about $8 million in grants each year. These grants enhance Pennsylvania’s trail network and advance the goal of having a trail within 10 minutes of every Pennsylvanian.
Another way to enjoy Pennsylvania’s trails this month: join a Walk with a Doc.
This year marks the third anniversary of the statewide Walk with a Doc initiative, which is a collaboration between DCNR and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Walk with a Doc is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire communities through movement and conversation. During the event, participants will enjoy a light walk with physicians and other local healthcare professionals who will provide support to participants and answer questions. You can find Walk with a Doc events in Pennsylvania using the DCNR Calendar of Events. People interested in hosting a Walk with a Doc event in their community can find more information on the DCNR website.
Want to hit the trail this September?
Tons of trail hikes, races, and volunteer days are happening this month. Here’s just a sampling:
- Cumberland Valley TrailFest (Shippensburg)
- Iron Masters Challenge (Gardners)
- Johnstown Showdown (Johnstown)
- Keystone Trails Association Trail Challenge (Lower Susquehanna River Gorge)
- Public Lands Rides (statewide)
- Smallfoot Trail Fest (free kids-only race in Mifflinburg)
- Still Grinnin’ at Granite (Gettysburg)
- Tour the Montour (Coraopolis)
- Appalachian Trail Crew work days
- Healthy Lands Week (volunteer stewardship events statewide)
Find even more ways to get outside during Trails Month on the DCNR Events Calendar.