LHT Saturday morning walking club to reconvene on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 5

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s Saturday Morning Walking Club will reconvene for its first group walk since last fall on Saturday, June 5, at Village Park in Lawrence Township. While the club traditionally gets together on the second Saturday of each month, June 5 is National Trails Day this year, so a switch to the first Saturday will allow the walkers to celebrate even more than emerging out of the coronavirus shutdown!

“It’s past time for us to get together again for a group walk on the Lawrence Hopewell Trail,” said Becky Taylor, LHT co-president and host of the walks.

She noted that National Trails Day was launched by the American Hiking Society in 1992 to help people recognize and enjoy trails, which are perfect for exercising, exploring nature, or just getting out of the house. That’s what the LHT Saturday Morning Walking Club members will do when they meet in the large parking area at the Bergen Street entrance to Village Park for a 2.7 mile roundtrip walk at 9:30am on June 5.

The walk will start at the parking lot and head north through the park along the LHT.  Walkers will cross Keefe Road and continue into Mercer Meadows to the Pole Farm area, then loop back to return to the Bergen Street parking lot.

The trail route:


If rain forces the walk to be postponed, the LHT will post a new date for the June walk on the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, by 8:30am, June 5.

Everyone interested is invited to “join” the club by simply joining the walk. Members say the walks are a great way to get together with old and new friends while exploring the LHT’s now 20-mile trail through Lawrence and Hopewell Townships.

Attendees are welcome to wear masks, but given recent CDC guidance, they are not required.

Submitted by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), which is a 22+ mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County, NJ. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support. It is not supported by local tax dollars. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Trails, an 850-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information about the LHT, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

About National Trails Day – Taking place on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day® is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Thousands of hikers, bikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails. For more information, please visit https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/.

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