Saturday, October 21 was Great Trails State Day across NC as part of NC Year of the Trail 2023. We set a goal to collectively bike, hike, paddle 1000 miles at Valdese Lakeside Park during the day. We blew that goal away and finished at 1526 miles! 509 people and 70 dogs, 8am – 7:30pm. Didn’t even get the folks that entered/left Lovelady Rd and McGalliard Falls side as part of the count.
We did have a lot of events during the day to entice people to visit the park and stay. Coffee and Donuts at 8am, Hot Dogs at 11:30 and a Pizza Party at 4:00. We had painting crafts (on fish, on log slices, on canvas) and boat building for the kids all day plus give aways of stickers, first aid kits, educational material and more.