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June 5, 2009

IDNR Celebrates National Trails Day
IDNR Trail Designated National Recreation Trail

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director, Marc Miller announced today that The Moraine Hills Trail System in McHenry County has been designated a National Recreation Trail (NRT). NRTs have been a touchstone of the National Trails System since 1971.  The NRTs recognize existing trails and trail systems that connect people to local resources and improve their quality of life.

“The Moraine Hills Trail System offers more than 10 miles of trails for cycling, hiking, jogging, and cross-country skiing,” said Director Miller. It is one of only eight Illinois trails that have been designated a National Recreation Trail and I am proud that Moraine Hills has been added to this network of more than 1,050 designated trails nationwide.”

This announcement coincides with the 17th annual celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, 2009.   The theme for this year, “Take In The Outdoors,” encourages people of all ages to get outside and use trails for exercise and exploration. 

“Some of the most invigorating and peaceful times of your life can be spent hiking the trails on Illinois state lands,” said Director Miller. “From the canyons and waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park, to the wetlands at the Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois offers a variety of hiking experiences for people of all ages and abilities.”

IDNR reminds outdoor enthusiasts to take only memories and leave only footprints. Your visit to an Illinois state park can be pleasant if you abide by a few simple rules.

• Stay on designated hiking trails.
• Don't pick any flowers.
• Confine your pet to a leash.
• Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes.
• Take water with you on long hikes.
• Use insect repellent to help ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
• Be sure to protect yourself from wood ticks and deer ticks.

If you would like more information about Illinois trails, log onto www.dnr.state.il.us


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