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The rail trail in Manchester.

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Vermont’s cup runneth over when it comes to hiking, biking and other trails and there are plenty of ways to give back to your favorite trail or just take a hike to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 5.

Volunteers will be working on the Riverwalk trail at 10 a.m. Saturday for about two hours.

Workers will be cleaning up the trail, planting native species of wildflowers to deter erosion and encourage pollinators to visit.

If you’d like to lend a hand, meet at Friends of the Sun off Depot Street, at 10 a.m.

Bring work gloves, rakes and hand trowels if you have them.

For more information, www.manchesterriverwalk.org.

If you’re just looking to stretch your legs a bit, take a walk — or a long walk — at the Equinox Preserve trails or on the Long Trail / Appalachian Trail.

Hikers of all abilities can find a path to their liking at Equinox Pond and those with more ambition and stronger legs and lungs can climb up to Robin’s Lookout or to the summit of Mount Equinox.

In keeping with the spirit of the day, perhaps take along a trashbag and make the trails behind you are cleaner than you found them.

For more information, www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org.

Back in the middle of Manchester, the historic Marble Rail Trail runs from Manchester Elementary Middle School to North Road for hiking or bicycling. You can join the trail at MEMS, the Rec Park, Riley Rink at Hunter Park or a small parking area off North Road opposite Squires Road. This trail 5.5-mile roundtrip path is still private property.

Learn more and register for free access at www.bikemanchester.com.

Dorset has several trails to choose from in the Owls Head Town Forest.

Access is now exclusively via Raptor Lane off Route 30.

In addition to Owls Head, don’t miss Cutler Memorial Forest and The Pinnacle.

All the details are at https://dorsetvt.org/hike.html.

And don’t forget to be a good steward of your local trails. The volunteers who take care of these places will appreciate the help.


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