Red Mountain Park invites all trail enthusiasts to celebrate National Trails Day by visiting the Park this Saturday, June 4th.  All hikers who arrive to the Park between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. will enjoy snacks and prizes, and will be among the first to test brand new technology at the Park−TravelstorysGPS, a mobile application that provides an in-depth walking tour of the Park and includes Birmingham and mining history and personal stories from people who worked and lived on red mountain.  Red Mountain Park staff will be present to greet guests, introduce them to the new mobile “APP” and then recommend the perfect hike or walk for them*.

The day will also be celebratory: the Park will share with hikers details of a new grant awarded by the American Hiking Society.  The National Trails Fund Grant will allow Red Mountain Park to purchase volunteer hand tools and trail supplies to move forward with the plan to expand the 15-miles trail system by 3.75 miles by the end of the year.  Trail work will be performed by volunteers and staff, and will dramatically improve the Park’s trail connectivity and accessibility for everyone, including visitors using mobility devices.

“American Hiking Society understands the economic and health benefits trails have on local communities,” explains American Hiking Society President Gregory Miller, “and we are proud to partner with local organizations, like Red Mountain Park, who are committed to developing trails in close proximity to urban areas. The grant awarded to Red Mountain Park will help provide the necessary tool to build and maintain trails in the park for years to come.”

*Red Mountain Park’s new TravelstorysGPS mobile application is generously presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

About National Trails Day and the American Hiking Society

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects.  National Trails Day® is a registered trademark of American Hiking Society and is celebrated in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  This Saturday marks the 23rd annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers.  Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place across the country.

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national, recreation-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its mission and programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.