Anniversary Events

Events are taking place around the country in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Find an event near you on our Events Map, or check out one of these highlighted events, including a live webcast event you can join from home.

 Emmy is ready for the March.

Emmy is ready for the March.

Overmountain Victory Trail
March Re-enactment

September 25 - October 7
North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

“Keeping the story alive” through a re-enactment of the Overmountain Victory March, school and community presentations, and a memorial ceremony.


Walking Down a Dream

October 2, 11:00 am central time
Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, Missouri
At 11am, join us as we welcome photographer Bart Smith as he takes the final steps of his decades-long journey to thru-hike all 30 of the National Scenic and Historic Trails. He has been hiking the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the final trail in his “Walking Down a Dream” journey, and will arrive that morning to make some remarks about his journey and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act.


October 2, Live Online!

Join us live online as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the designation of our nation’s first two National Scenic Trails: the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Watch the webcast!

Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion
Award Ceremony

October 2, 12:30pm eastern
Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. on the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda, Maryland to honor Pete Raynor as the 2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion!  One of the most important moments in the history of the rail-trail movement happened behind the scenes, with little fanfare or notice when National Park Service staffer Peter Raynor drafted the 1983 Railbanking Act. With just two sentences, simple yet specific, he helped make thousands of miles of trails a reality by enabling railroad corridors to be “banked” for future use through interim use as trails. Join us on the Capital Crescent Trail to celebrate this humble hero.

Continental Divide Trail Coalition Steamboat Springs Happy Hour Celebration

October 2
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Join community members from Steamboat Springs and CDTC at a happy hour celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Storm Peak Brewery to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and celebrate Steamboat’s CDT gateway community designation.

New Mexico Rivers and trails celebration

October 5-6
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Join the CDTC in Albuquerque for a FREE celebration of these conservation milestones that help protect New Mexico’s natural and cultural resources, support the state’s unique cultural diversity and history, and promote public enjoyment and stewardship of public lands.

National Trails Festival

October 5-7
Deland, Florida
The FTA invites all nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, October 5-7 in Deland, FL. The Florida Trail is one of eleven designated national scenic trails that were spawned by this 1968 Act of Congress. Everyone’s invited to drop in and check out these amazing public resources!

AZT in a day

October 6
Arizona Trail
On Saturday October 6, 2018, hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians will gather on the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) to collectively complete the entire length of the 800-mile trail in a single day.


Over 50 Hike-A-Thon

October 6
Your Favorite Trail - Anywhere!
On Saturday, October 6, tell your family to take a hike...and then join them! Get outside on any trail, anywhere to take part in the #Over50Hikeathon in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System! #FindYourTrail Presented by African American Nature & Parks and the American Hiking Society.