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Pennsylvania Celebrating Hiking Week With Almost 100 Organized Events

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | May 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Celebrating Hiking Week With Almost 100 Organized Events

Hiking through the woods is one of the best ways to exercise, but those in Pennsylvania over the next week will be in for a treat as the state celebrates Hiking Week 2015 starting on Saturday, May 30.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Keystone Trails Association, there will be almost 100 organized hikes that will make their way through parks, forests and cities across the state.

A full list of scheduled Hiking Week events can be found at

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources acting secretary Cindy Adams Dunn released a statement regarding Hiking Week 2015 and what Pennsylvania offers to those looking to make the journey:

“Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the co-sponsoring Keystone Trails Association and our bureaus of state parks and forestry, a wealth of healthy hiking activities is being offered to all ages and abilities. For 13 years now, this event has become increasingly popular as we reach out to the uninitiated and offer a wide variety of highly organized hikes. The 'welcome mat' is out to novices and trail-hardened veterans alike, inviting them to hike in our state parks, forests and municipal greenways in this annual salute to healthy exercise and the serenity of those very special outdoors places.”

Hiking Week is a nine-day celebration that wraps up Sunday, June 7. Before the festivities stop, though, the state will be organizing events to raise awareness for healthy lifestyles and promoting environmental stewardship.

As state officials noted, studies of the longest trails indicate that they attract more than three million visitors per year and help generate $91 million in user spending annually. The increased focus on hiking and the money it generates should help create more jobs.

Included in the week is National Trails Day, a celebration of the endless amounts of walking and hiking trails throughout the United States. With the spirit of hiking in mind, novice and experienced hikers will find this to be the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery of Pennsylvania.

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