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National Trails Day in State Parks Is June 4

LINCOLN – Get outdoors and celebrate National Trails Day on June 4 in Nebraska’s state parks. Activities will be held in three state park areas to commemorate the day.

Ash Hollow State Historical Park (SHP) – Meet at the Ash Hollow Visitor Center at 9 a.m. for a 3-mile hike through the park along the Oregon-California Trail. The park superintendent will lead the hike and talk about the history of the trail. The park is located 3 miles south of Lewellen in Garden County.

Indian Cave State Park – Volunteers are needed to help restore trails in the park. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., or at the volunteer’s discretion. Bring work gloves and appropriate clothing. Lunch will be provided. Call the park at 402-883-2575 to register. Indian Cave is located 6 miles east of Shubert in Richardson County.

Rock Creek Station SHP – Enjoy living history demonstrations of Rock Creek Trail Days on June 4-5. Starting at 9 a.m. both days, living history reenactors will demonstrate blacksmithing, basket weaving, flint knapping and horse shoeing. Black powder gun demonstrations, Pony Express runs and skirmish reenactments also will be held periodically. Call the park, located 6 miles east of Fairbury in Jefferson County, at 402-729-5777 for more information.

A park entry permit is required at each park.

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is a celebration of America’s trail system. It takes place annually on the first Saturday in June. It features a series of outdoor activities designed to promote and celebrate the importance of America’s trails.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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