Area residents are encouraged to “Take a Hike” on the Lower Rouge Trail in Canton, MI, on National Trails Day®, which will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017. In recognition of the largest annual celebration of trails in the U.S., a special celebration has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lower Rouge Trailhead, located at Michigan Avenue and Morton Taylor Road.
The public is invited to attend this free special event, with scheduled activities for all ages, including self-guided hiking along the beautiful Rouge River. Educational nature exhibits will also be on display. In addition, informational sessions will be held on topics, such as: outdoor photography,’ Leave No Trace’ outdoor principles, local wildlife and bird-watching, recycling practices, trail biking and running safety. A tasty 'Make-It-Yourself' Trail-Mix station will also be available onsite.
“Each year the American Hiking Society draws thousands of individuals outdoors on this special day to explore and learn more about nature,” said Canton Special Events Coordinator. “Canton’s trail system is the perfect place to celebrate trails, and hopefully be inspired to hike, run, or casually take in the beauty of nature more often.”
Additional trails within this Canton trail system include: the Fellows Creek Wetland Nature Trail at Flodin Park, which runs one-third of a mile in length; Canton's ITC Corridor Trail, with its trailhead located at Flodin Park; and the Lower Rouge Trail, which interconnects Canton’s Heritage Park with the Michigan Department of Transportation’s I-275 Metro Trail (a regional trail system offering approximately six miles of non-motorized pathways in Canton). The trailhead for the Lower Rouge Trail is located off of Morton-Taylor Road, north of Michigan Avenue. Combined, all of these trails in Canton offer nearly 15 miles of non-motorized pathways, open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society.
For additional trail information about this free family and pet-friendly event, visit www.cantonfun.org or call 734/394-5460.