National Trails Day Recap

June 2, 2013 in Hiking Community

Hitting the Trails With Baby in Tow for National Trails Day
We hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy a trail or two this weekend to celebrate National Trails Day. We dodged rain showers but were able to get out for two low-key hikes this weekend: Volunteer Day Loop Trail at Longhunter State Park and the Lake Trail at Radnor Lake.

Where did you find yourself hiking this weekend?

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Unique Trail Mix Recipes for National Trails Day

May 30, 2013 in Trail Mix Recipes

Our favorite homemade trail mix recipes.

Our favorite homemade trail mix recipes.

Trail Mix Recipes for NTD

We’re excited about all of the events that are going on across the country this Saturday to celebrate National Trails Day, but you can’t have a celebration without some good grub, right?

To help keep your belly full and energy high during your hikes this weekend, we’ve compiled some of our favorite unique homemade trail mix recipes. These are quick, easy and tasty trail mix recipes that are a welcome break from the standard raisins, peanuts & M&Ms (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!

Try out one of our favorite trail mix recipes this weekend:

Mix up a batch and get ready to join our fellow outdoorsy folks this Saturday for National Trails Day!

National Trails Day This Saturday: Make Your Plans

May 28, 2013 in Other

Click to find a National Trails Day event near you. As you can see, lots of events are planned.

Click to find a National Trails Day event near you.
As you can see, lots of events are planned.

This Saturday marks the 21st anniversary of National Trails Day (NTD) – which is reason enough to get into the great outdoors. Last year, over 157,000 people participated in 2,000+ events on NTD – including the trail maintenance group we joined at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro.

Quick on the heels of last weekend’s unofficial Memorial Day summer kickoff, National Trails Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of June. The American Hiking Society (AHS) works hard to provide a variety of activities every year on NTD. This year events range from  ”hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.”

It’s a great day to get out and meet fellow nature lovers. If you’re new to hiking, there are lots of guided introductory hikes and if you’re a long-time hiker this is a great opportunity to volunteer for a day of trail maintenance work. Let us know what events you’ll be joining and we’ll report back next week on our first NTD with a baby in tow!

Find an event for National Trails Day now — and as the folks at AHS say, “Hike. Bike. Paddle. Ride. Get Outside.”



National Trails Day Recap

June 5, 2012 in Other

National Trails Day - Trail Maintenance at Barfield Wilderness

Clearing out the Valley View Loop with Tennessee Trails Association members

Saturday was a great day not only to be on the trails, but to meet a wonderful group of fellow trail-lovers in the Murfreesboro Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association (TTA). They kindly accepted us into their fold (even though we were late, oops!) as they hacked and weeded their way through the Valley View Loop trail at the Barfield Crescent Wilderness area.

This was our second visit to Barfield Crescent. The first visit to this trail in November was a fun day on the trail because of the nice surprise in the variety of terrain… which didn’t bode well for a pair of tag-along dogs we met on the trail that day, but we all eventually finished the trail (mostly) unscathed.

This time we came armed with hand clippers, loppers and work gloves (one volunteer even brought a weedeater!). We worked to remove debris, weed and clear pathways and made sure trail blazes were visible and freshly painted. With so many people on hand, we were able to spiff up the Valley View Loop in no time flat — and before the heat of the day really set in! It was a rewarding opportunity to get out and give back to our hiking community in a small way.

National Trails Day - Trail Maintenance at Barfield Wilderness

Blue Blazes!

National Trails Day - Trail Maintenance at Barfield Wilderness

Nate clearing the path

If you’re in the Murfreesboro area, the check out the chapter’s upcoming activities- they’re a great bunch of people… and word is they have a mean potluck & picnic coming up next week!

Let us know how you enjoyed National Trails Day!




Weekend Destination – June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012 in Other

A big thank you to all of our readers, we just concluded our biggest month ever here at Marking My Territory! Thanks to everyone and with your continued support we hope to have bigger months to come.

It’s an exciting time to be an MMT’er. We’re hiking more Trails than ever. We’re eating great camping food as we find delicious Camp Recipes. We’ve joined Facebook (feel free to “like” us) and we’re making improvements to the blog to help you more easily find trails to hike, like:

  • An interactive map of all the trailheads on the Trails page
  • Detailed maps of the trail on the trail post
  • And we’ll soon be adding more cool new features to the blog to help improve your experience

So, stay tuned for a new and improved Marking My Territory, and if there’s anything you would like to see on the site be sure to let us know.

Civil War Era Rock Wall

Civil War Era Rock Wall

This weekend the MMT crew will be taking a break from hiking, instead we’ll be observing National Trails Day with some trail maintenance. We’ll be headed to Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro to join the Tennessee Trails Association in maintaining the Wilderness Loop Trail. Check back next week to see how it went and to read about our adventures last weekend at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

Where are you headed this weekend?