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?


Make Your Plans! National Trails Day is June 2nd.

May 30, 2012 in Hiking Community

National Trails Day

Make your plans for June 2

We’ve been hitting the trails pretty solidly the last several weeks, but in honor of National Trails Day, this Saturday we’ll trade in our hiking shoes for work gloves and clippers. National Trails Day was established by the American Hiking Society to celebrate the great trail systems throughout the United States and is an opportunity to meet up with other hiking enthusiasts.

There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of events going on throughout the country this weekend to celebrate the great outdoors. In Tennessee, events include sunrise hikes, waterfall hikes, snorkeling trips, night time hikes, trail maintenance treks and many more opportunities. Here’s a list from the American Hiking Society of events to celebrate National Trails Day in Tennessee and here’s the list for events by state.

Whether you’ll be fixing up trails or venturing out on your first hike, take some time on Saturday to appreciate the importance of our great natural resources.