Gov. Robert Bentley has proclaimed today as National Trails Day in Alabama joining a nationwide observance to encourage Americans to take advantage of recreational trails.
The proclamation also recognizes the 21 Alabama trails newly designated as National Recreational Trails. With only 41 trails throughout the nation received the honor this year, Bentley says that Alabama's network of trails is "second to none."
"Alabama has a unique and wide-ranging system of trails that reflects our diverse topography," Bentley said. "I strongly encourage Alabamians take proper precautions with the heat, put on your walking shoes, saddle up your horse, crank your engine or get out the paddle and enjoy one or several of our trails and water routes."
National Trails Day has become an annual observance that promotes conservation and physical fitness through greater awareness of the national network of recreational trails.