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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Posted: June 5, 2014

Get outside for big fun on National Trails Day, Sat June 7

Written by: Carey Kish

National Trails Day, the nation’s biggest celebration of trails, is this Saturday, June 7th. Are you planning to take part in this big day of outdoor fun? Hope so!

According to the American Hiking Society, the primary sponsor, there will be something like 1,000 events going on all around the country, from hikes, biking, horseback rides and paddling trips to bird watching, geocaching, gear demos, stewardship projects and much more.

Here in Maine, at last count there were 15 NTD events happening from Freeport to Frenchman Bay, Rumford to Skowhegan.

Get a good look at these goings-on in my latest column in the Maine Sunday Telegram Outdoors section, “Schedule packed for National Trails Day“. Then make a plan, gear up and get out outside this Saturday to show your all-important support for our precious trails.

Here’s a look-see at some of the Maine NTD events…

Hike the Ovens Mouth Preserve in Boothbay with Boothbay Region Land Trust. Photo © Carey Kish.

Hike the Ovens Mouth Preserve in Boothbay with Boothbay Region Land Trust. Photo © Carey Kish.

The Cliff Trail in Harpswell is part of the Harpswell Hiking Challenge. Photo © Carey Kish.

The Cliff Trail in Harpswell is part of the Harpswell Hiking Challenge. Photo © Carey Kish.

Help with trail maintenanced on Rumford Whitecap Mtn. Photo courtesy Maine Trail Finder.

Help with trail maintenance on Rumford Whitecap Mtn. Photo courtesy Maine Trail Finder.

Hike the wonderful 5-mile Whiskeag Trail in Bath. Photo © Carey Kish.

Hike the wonderful 5-mile Whiskeag Trail in Bath. Photo © Carey Kish.

Take a nature walk on the pretty trails at the LC Bates Museum. Photo courtesy Steve Vose/ The Maine Outdoorsman.

Take a nature walk on the pretty trails at the LC Bates Museum. Photo courtesy Steve Vose/ The Maine Outdoorsman.

Hike the new multiuse Westside Trail across Yarmouth. Photo courtesy Maine Trail Finder.

Hike the new multiuse Westside Trail across Yarmouth. Photo courtesy Maine Trail Finder.

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