3 things to know: National Trails Day

HANCOCK COUNTY — National Trails Day is Saturday, and a local nonprofit organization is encouraging residents to get out and enjoy the county’s walking paths.

National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country.

Locally, the Friends of Hancock County Pennsy Trails is hosting an event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the Pennsy Trail to garner support for connecting the Greenfield and Cumberland portion of the trail.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. There will be three sites. 

Three stationary sites will be set up along the Pennsy Trail, where members of the group will pass out water and information about the trail and efforts to create 13.5 miles of contiguous trail. Members also will collect donations.

The locations along the trail are the Shoppes at Center Street in Greenfield, the Mount Comfort Road trailhead and the farmers market in Cumberland.

2. Every trail user counts.

In addition to handing out information and collecting donations, members will count trail users to establish data about trail use. They’ll collect the names and emails of those interested in connecting the trail through Hancock County.

3. Can’t make it? You can still donate. 

Those who can’t make it out to the trails Saturday can donate to the group’s cause. Members are applying for grants to help fund the connection of the trails. Donations can be made at the Hancock County Community Foundation, 312 E. Main St., Greenfield. Funds donated will be used as a match for the Bicentennial Nature Trust grant and grants through the Recreational Trails Heritage Trust Program.

The group is working to apply for grants by Aug. 1.

Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.