National Trails Day Virtual Challenge

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Celebrate National Trails Day with a Virtual Trail Walk Challenge #CHTrailsChallenge

This Saturday, June 6, 2020, is National Trails Day! Since 1993, National Trails Day has recognized the benefits that local greenways and trails provide for recreation and exploring nature, while promoting  the wide variety of services trail systems offer. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation traditionally celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June with a trail walk and tour of one of our greenways.  

This year we have developed a Virtual Trail Walk Challenge called #CHTrailsChallenge

Will you accept our challenge to GO THE DISTANCE? We challenge you to walk, run or ride all
9+ miles of Chapel Hill’s paved greenways from June 5 through June 12, 2020. 

Those who complete the challenge will be entered in a drawing to win one of five prize packs valued at $100 each.

While you’re enjoying the greenways, be sure to snap a photo of yourself appreciating one of our many public art experiences and post your photo to social media using #CHTrailsChallenge   

Follow us on our #CHTrailsChallenge facebook event page for more interaction and engagement..  

Completing the #CHTrailsChallenge includes logging your progress on four separate entries below as you traverse in full the following greenways.   

We will begin accepting #CHTrailsChallenge entries Friday, June 5 at 6 a.m. thru Friday, June 12 at 9 p.m.
Please bookmark this page and complete each of the four entries as you complete each Greenway. Good Luck!

Fan Branch and Morgan Creek Trail connector is 2.5 miles long to Merritt Pasture, accessible from two large parking lots at Southern Community Parks and Culbreth Middle School.  
Fan Branch Greenway Entry  

Bolin Creek and Tanyard Branch Trail connector is 1.9 miles, accessible from Umstead Park as well as a trailhead off Caldwell Street adjacent to the Northside Elementary School. 
Bolin Creek and Tanyard Branch Entry

Our beautiful Bolin Creek Trail connector is close to completion. We're reminding trail users of an alternate route to safely detour the important work along the trail, using Bolinwood Drive and Hillsborough Street to navigate around the closure.

Meadowmont’s greenway, a 10-foot wide paved is 2.8 miles and starts at Rashkis Elementary School and ends at the western side of NC 54 
Meadowmont greenway entry  

Lower Booker Creek Trail has a 10-foot wide 1.2 mile section that connects adjacent neighborhoods to the Eastgate Shopping Center 
Lower Booker Creek Greenway Entry


Art Experiences along the trails to enjoy

Many of our greenways are enhanced with wonderfully designed public art experiences to enjoy as you walk or bike our trails. Most recently, Raleigh-based muralist J Massullo created two murals on the tunnel where the Bolin Creek Trail passes under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The artist used traditional graffiti spray painting techniques and incorporated a variety of stylized insects, animals, flora, and fauna into his design. 

On a second the Bolin Creek Trail tunnel beneath Pritchard Park Road, artist Daniel LeClaire and students from the community created a wonderfully colorful mural inside the tunnel. Additionally, artist and metal fabricator Leo Gaev created 43 silhouettes cut out of steel, lining  an art railing on a pedestrian bridge on the Tanyard Branch Trail that connects Umstead Park with the Northside neighborhood. 

In addition, you’ll see several artistically designed benches along the trails as well as four new informative and educational signs, granted by the New Hope Audubon Society, along the Lower Booker Creek trail that feature the importance of native plants for birds and other wildlife. 

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