Announcing 2019 Summer Hike-a-thon

On Saturday, July 20th, MHLC is inviting the public to our annual Summer Hike-a-thon! This day-long celebration allows each participant to design their own ideal summer day with free activities throughout the morning and into the afternoon with an emphasis on hiking and outdoor fun.

Photo of 2017 Hike-a-Thon by Alex Nye Art 2017

“Our annual Summer Hike-a-thon is an open invitation to our community to get outside and enjoy the beautiful land that surrounds us. The eight locations which we have chosen represent a sampling of our 18 public preserves covering 2,500 acres that are located across the Capital Region,” says MHLC Executive Director, Mark King. “Last year, these preserves hosted over 15,000 visitors, with many people returning again and again for a rewarding nature experience. We are particularly excited this year to offer two special tours—Wolf Hollow/Hoffman’s Fault in West Glenville and the Heldeberg Workshop in New Scotland—as these private lands are not normally open to the public. Whether you choose a full day of activities, or one outdoor adventure, we hope to see you at the Summer Hike-a-thon.”

The Summer Hike-a-thon provides unique, guided opportunities to learn more about the preserved lands of our region: frequent users of these trails will get insider information about their favorite spots from MHLC staff and volunteers, and those visiting the preserves for the first time will discover new hiking spots across the Capital Region.

Beginning at 10 AM, MHLC offers a menu of free family-friendly outdoor adventures across the Capital Region. These offerings celebrate the unique features and beautiful landscapes which characterize our region and include a plein air painting workshop, mountain biking, a Fun Ride on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, geology, botany, and history hikes, and more.

All Summer Hike-a-thon outings are free (donations are welcome), but spaces are limited.

To learn more and to register for an outdoor adventure, visit Online registrations close on Wednesday, July 17, but there will be a registration table at the MHLC office at 425 Kenwood Avenue in Delmar at 9 AM on the morning of Saturday, July 20 for the public to come and sign up for a hike that day.

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