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Hike to celebrate Trails Day

ESSEX - Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will participate in National Trails Day Saturday, June 5, by hosting a morning hike and a late-afternoon celebration of the trail system it is developing to connect people with nature and link Champlain Valley communities.

The two-hour hike on Wildway Overlook Trail is free and open to the public. It begins 9:30 a.m. on Brookfield Road in Essex, about one quarter mile south of Reynolds Road. For more detailed directions to the hike or more information, go to www.champlainareatrails.com or email champlaintrails@gmail.com

The organization's celebratory event takes place 4-6 p.m. at the historic Block House Farm just north of Essex. Guests will hear Ellie Berger, author of "Stepping Out: A Tenderfoot's Guide to the Principles, Practices, and Pleasures of Countryside Walking," share stories about the joys of hiking through the countryside and the benefits of an interconnected trail network. A reception follows.

Admission to this fundraising event is $15 per person. To attend, send a check to CATS, PO Box 313, Westport, NY 12993, email champlaintrails@gmail.com, or call 962-4640.

"Celebrating the trails celebrates our communities and the people who live here," said CATS Executive Director Chris Maron. "We've had so many enthusiastic people help create the trails, hike on them, and encourage friends to visit our communities, enjoy the beautiful landscape and use our businesses. The trails really do promote economic vitality."

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