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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 1, 2019. 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 provided by the Friends of the Rouge. In addition, informational resources will also be available on the ’Leave No Trace’ outdoor principles, trail biking, recycling, and more. A tasty 'Make-It-Yourself' Trail-Mix station, sponsored by Busch’s Fresh Food Market, will also be available onsite. A live exotic animal demonstration by Animal Magic will be held at 10 a.m. This year the event will include a 'Lower Rouge Ride-Along' bike event in coordination with Motor City Bicycles. This ride will feature a pre-ride bike safety check and will head East along the trail from the Morton Taylor area to Lilley Road and back. Bring your bike and helmet to participate in this free opportunity. In addition, pets are welcome on the trails during this event; please remember to bring your pet’s leash.
“Canton’s trails are the perfect place to celebrate National Trails Day,” said Canton Special Events Coordinator Gary Marks. “Since 1993, the American Hiking Society has been inviting individuals to explore and learn more about nature on this special day. Hopefully, participants at our event will be inspired to hike, run and take advantage of all that Canton’s trails have to offer year-round.”
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.
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, http://bit.ly/cantonNTD19, or call 734/394-5460.