National Trails Day events this Saturday

ESSEX - Champlain Area Trails will participate in National Trails Day this Saturday, June 5, by hosting a morning hike and a late-afternoon celebration of the trail system it is developing that connects people with nature and links Champlain Valley communities.

"We are excited about participating in this day to honor hiking trails," said Champlain Area Trails executive director Chris Maron. "So, we invite people to join us for a hike on the new Wildway Overlook Trail and to a wonderful event at Block House Farm in Essex featuring guest speaker Ellie Berger, author of 'Stepping Out: A Tenderfoot's Guide to the Principles, Practices, and Pleasures of Countryside Walking.'"

The Wildway Overlook Trail provides a relatively easy hike to a spectacular view of the Champlain Valley, Lake Champlain, and the "Split Rock Wildway" which is a wildlife corridor connecting habitat along Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains. The two-hour hike is free and open to the public. It begins at 9:30 a.m. on Brookfield Road in Essex, about a quarter-mile south of Reynolds Road.

The afternoon's celebratory event for Champlain Area Trails takes place from 4-6 p.m. at the historic Block House Farm just north of Essex. Guests will hear Berger's stories about the joys of hiking through the countryside and the benefits of an interconnected trail network. A reception follows her talk so people can converse, enjoy the view of Lake Champlain, look at the exhibits, trail maps, and photographs, and purchase limited edition prints that artist Steven Kellogg created for Champlain Area Trails.

Admission to the Block House Farm event is $15 per person. For more information, call 962-4640 or e-mail champlaintrails@gmail1.com.

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