“The hike allows folks to enjoy the beauty of one of our outstanding natural attractions, the Jefferson Memorial Forest,”Abramson said. “Hiking is an excellent way to exercise, especially with a group, because it doesn’t require any special abilities or equipment. This is an event that is accessible to all skill and fitness levels.”
With more than 6,000 acres,
The hike will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Horine Section of the forest, located at
Before and after the hike, the event area will feature children’s activities, hayrides, music and several information booths providing tips on hiking safety, trail etiquette and other healthy-living information. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about a master planning process that will ultimately link the
Mayor’s Health Hometown Hike
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Hiking and trail information booths open at 10 a.m
- Hikers should arrive between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Hiking begins at 11 a.m.
- The first 500 participants will receive a free Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike t-shirt.
Hiking Tips: Plan ahead and prepare - Whenever you hike, you should familiarize yourself with the type of terrain and possible weather conditions you might encounter. You should also carry a map, water, snacks, and a small first aid kit. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return.Stay on trails - Walk single file and avoid shortcuts. Walk through mud and puddles to avoid widening the trail. Pay attention to trail junctures and know where you are on your map.Help keep your parks clean and safe - Dispose of waste properly. Take a zip locking plastic bag along to carry wrappers, cans, or other garbage to an appropriate receptacle. Practice "negative trace" by picking up trash left by others. Report trail or structure damage to park personnel.Leave nature in nature - Avoid moving rocks, picking plants, and disturbing cultural and historical artifacts. Take pictures instead; it allows others to enjoy the same experience you did.Respect wildlife - Do not try to attract or approach wildlife. Never feed animals human food as this disrupts their natural food cycle. Keep pets on a leash. Guidebooks to common animals and plants of the Forest are available in the