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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • 22nd National Trails Day observed

  • The River-to-River Trail Society celebrates National Trails Day 10 a.m. Saturday at Eddyville.
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  • The River-to-River Trail Society celebrates National Trails Day 10 a.m. Saturday at Eddyville.
    This will be the 22nd National Trails Day observance which began at the Eddyville pavilion on the west end of town, a convenient spot for those launching on to a hike in rural Pope County following the meal. The past several years the event has been held at Glen O. Jones Lake.
    “It’s a more central location to a lot of our hikers,” River-to-River Trail Society Trail Boss Eric Johnson said.
    Richard Rudy, former longtime member of the River-to-River Trail Society will be speaking on his participation in the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska and about his two thru-hikes of the River-to-River Trail.
    The day provides updates on trail conditions, trail stories and plenty of good food.
    Johnson said for novices to the Shawnee National Forest the day gives an opportunity to meet seasoned hikers and to get on the mailing list for the society’s fall and spring scheduled hikes.
    People can meet with a variety of like-minded outdoors people, those who enjoy shorter hikes and those who take longer hikes. Some may take the occasion to take a hike once lunch is over.
    “Very likely people will be doing short hikes in the afternoon. If there’s much more rain we may take people to Jackson Hole and show some people the waterfalls,” Johnson said.
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