People will be outdoors in all 50 states on Saturday, June 3, as many organizations join with the National Hiking Association to celebrate National Trails Day. For the Foothills Trail Club in Western New York, National Trails Day 2017 marks the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Conservation Trail. The trail starts at the Rainbow Bridge and runs 177 miles, across Grand Island, east to Corfu in Genesee County and then south, through Wyoming County, back through southern Erie County and on to Cattaraugus County, through Allegany State Park to the Pennsylvania border.
The original section of the trail, in Holland, will be celebrated on June 3 by a day of hikes, dedication of a sign honoring the founding member volunteers, and a reception at the Holland Community Center on Canada Road, at 2:45 PM. All the hikes will start at 177 Savage Road at the Holland Willows parking lot. Starting 8 a.m., the longest hike will traverse the Holland Ravines section for about 9 miles of strenuous ups and downs through 40 ravines. The second, leaving 10:15 a.m., will cover about 10 ravines. Both these hikes will stop over at Becker Pond where the sign will be dedicated. A shorter hike of about 3 miles will start at 11 a.m. and end at the Holland Community Center, 3 Legion Drive, for the reception. All are welcome. Hikes should bring water, lunch, and hiking poles, and be prepared for mud. Details on the hikes are at www.foothillstrailclub.org.