As many of you know, the National Scenic Trails Act just turned 50 years old. The National Park Service has been celebrating all year by highlighting events near all eleven of our National Scenic Trails and by featuring our national and historic trails in guest blogs.

As part of the series, I was asked to share how important America’s long-distance trails have been (and continue to be) to me. It was a good chance for me to reflect on how life changing and deeply rewarding an outdoor life can be.

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