Endless Thrills on the Trails

Farah AnwarNPF Blog
Tall bridge over the New River Gorge river
– Leah Perkowkski/NPS

Do your summer plans include exploring fascinating and breathtaking places? Then you need to look no further than your national parks! National parks offer the perfect stage for you to enjoy your favorite summer activities. From long walks along beautiful beaches to kayaking, tranquil fly-fishing to hiking, and biking to yoga, the parks are teeming with endless thrills for park lovers of all ages. Check out some of the activities these three parks are offering this summer, made possible through the National Park Foundation’s Active Trails program.

A crowd of people standing on yoga mats on the grass at Wheeling National Heritage Area
National Park Service

Wheeling National Heritage Area’s Trek the Trail program invites its local community and visitors to participate in a variety of unique activities. Ever wanted to perfect your tree pose in a stunning, peaceful setting? This program will host yoga, tai-chi, and a series of special walks including a moonlight walk. While you may be used to doing yoga at your local studio, it’s a whole new experience outside surrounded by nature!

3 people on stand-up paddleboards on the New River Gorge river surrounded by green trees
National Park Service

New River Gorge National River is working with three other national park units to engage communities to explore over 100 miles of trail in Southern West Virginia. The ark is offering free, beginner level activities through the year. This summer the park will offer opportunities for stand-up paddle boarding, guided hikes, flu fishing, and archery.

Large group of kayakers on a river at River Raisin National Battlefield Park
National Park Service

River Raisin National Battlefield Park has been preparing for summer by working on a gravel walking trail, certifying volunteers to lead kayak excursions, and buying supplies. Both the trail and a newly constructed kayak ramp are handicap accessible allowing greater access for all visitors. This summer, the park will offer free kayak trips on weekends led by trained volunteers. Through these kayaking events, the park hopes to engage 500 visitors.

These are just a few of the unforgettable opportunities national parks are offering this summer. Check out your local park’s page for more information on what activities are being hosted. And please help us support programs like these that get families outside, experiencing our national parks in new and unique ways!

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