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6 Ways to Celebrate Opening Day for the Trails

Saturday, April 8, is the Opening Day for the Trails. There’s no better way to kick off the trail season than by exploring Philadelphia’s amazing bike and pedestrian pathways. The Philadelphia region has one of the most extensive bicycle trails system in the country, with hundreds of miles of interconnected trails and bike lanes, making it easy for you to explore your favorite trail or find a new one! From spending leisure time on a local trail with your dog to a fist-bump relay or toad hike, here are some ways you can celebrate Opening Day for the Trails:

1. Use GoPhillyGo.org to find a bike trail to explore or a nature preserve to hike

GoPhillyGo features 15 local environmental destinations easily accessible by the Circuit Trails and public transit. The Circuit is Greater Philadelphia’s 300+ mile long, multi-use trail network connecting bicyclists and pedestrians throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond. With GoPhillyGo you are able to customize your Opening Day bike route specifically to your needs  If you want to get a workout in, we can help. If you're looking for a more leisurely trip, we have you covered. The new GoPhillyGo mobile site allows you to plan ahead and take your route with you, change your plans on the fly, or figure it out as you go for a truly spontaneous Opening Day adventure.

2. Attend an Opening Day for Trails event near you with the help of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's event map

In Philadelphia, the Circuit Trails will celebrate the start of trail season with an attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the longest fist-bump relay. Learn more and sign up here.

3. Show our trails some love

Volunteer  at one of the various Philly Spring Cleanup locations on Saturday, April 8th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Delaware River City Corporation will be sprucing up the Port Richmond Trail and Pulaski Park from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday as well. They need as many helpers as possible. Learn more and sign up here. Or, join Tookany-Tacony Watershed Partnership and help remove trash and debris from the park trail from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm in preparation for their 5th Annual Healthy Trails 5k. Meet at Tacony Creek Park (Whitaker Gateway) at 635 Tampa St. in Philadelphia.

4. Run for Clean Air on Sunday, April 9

Clean Air Council’s Run for Clean Air is one of the region’s longest-running charity races and largest Earth Day event. With the PHLY 10K run, 5K run, 3K walk, and Kids’ Fun Run, there is an event for every age and level of fitness. Best of all, the race’s proceeds support Clean Air Council’s mission - protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air as well as their work on multi-use trails, including the Cobbs Creek Connector Trail in Southwest Philadelphia and four bike and pedestrian trail connections to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The Run starts at 7:30 am at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Day-of registration available.

5. Go on a toad hike at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

On April 8, from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm, go on a hike to see American toads up close, hear their trills, learn about toad natural history, and look for their eggs in ponds with Dr. Carlos Martínez Rivera, an Amphibian Conservation Specialist with the Philadelphia Zoo. Learn more here.

6. Join one of John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum’s three hikes on April 8.

Wildlife Photo Walk with Ned Levi from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Nature Walk with LL Bean from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm  - On this walk, you'll have an opportunity to see this area's abundant wildlife, including over 300 avian species that utilize the preserve as a migratory stopover, making this an essential outing for any bird watching enthusiast. Learn more here.

Plant Walk with Dick Cloud from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.