National Trails Day:
Celebrate the Tuscarora Trail in Trail Town
Saturday June 3, 2023


 Third Annual Hancock Trails Day: A Celebration of the Tuscarora Trail

When: June 3, 2023, 9AM - 1PM

Where:  Hancock, Maryland

Parking:  Parking is free and plentiful in the municipal lot bounded by Taney Alley, Canal Road, and Williams Street. The lot is behind Martha’s House, which is at 47 West Main Street in Hancock.  Events will be centered south of the parking lot, between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. See the town Map below.

Weather: The event will be held rain or shine

Hancock Trail Town LogoIn 2020, Governor Hogan designated Hancock as the state of Maryland’s Trail Town. Hancock is conveniently located near the halfway point between the Tuscarora Trail’s southern and northern terminuses (where the TT rejoins the Appalachian Trail). To celebrate this distinction, PATC is hosting the third annual National Trails Day celebration of the Tuscarora Trail.

PATC volunteers will host a booth, present internationally-know speakers, and guide hikes. There will also be booths of partner organizations, demonstrations, and giveaways.

How can I help if I can’t attend? The PATC is always looking for help to maintain the trails it is responsible for, especially the Tuscarora Trail. If you want to undertake satisfying work outdoors in a beautiful county, please email

Events and Schedule

Special Guest Speaker:

Heather Anderson, trail name Anish, is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, three-time Triple Crown thru-hiker, and professional speaker whose mission is to inspire others to “Dream Big, Be Courageous.” She is the author of two hiking memoirs--Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home and Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail. She also wrote a preparatory guide to long-distance hiking--Adventure Ready. Find her on Instagram @_WordsFromTheWild_ or her website

Also speaking is Christine Reed, trail name: Lady Unicorn.  Christine Reed is a long-distance backpacker and author of the memoir, Alone in Wonderland. She shares her personal journey from sedentary office worker to rugged outdoors woman in hopes of inspiring others to see something bigger for themselves--whatever that may be. She also reminds us that a good story is about sharing something real and unfiltered of ourselves and connecting with others. She has found the outdoor community is the first place that ever felt like home to her.

Tuscarora Trail Hike: Get a taste of the Tuscarora! We will lead hikes of at least two groups of no more than 12 people each on a short section of the Tuscarora. Email to register. If there are slots open on the day-of, you are welcome to come along. Please bring appropriate hiking gear and water.

Food and Refreshments: Participants would be well-served to visit any of the great restaurants and eateries in Hancock!

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