National Trails Day

Attend the Madison Recreation Complex Accessible Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on this years National Trails Day. Learn more here

What’s National Trails Day® All About?ntd-hagtag-stacked-green

Taking place on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day® is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Thousands of hikers, bikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails. 

To learn more about the American Hiking Society National Trails Day®, take the pledge or find an event, visit their website here.

Madison has close to 2 miles of trails throughout our handful of open space properties. Below are three spotlights for trails within Madison for you to enjoy not only on National Trails Day, but throughout the year.

  1. Madison Recreation Complex
  2. Memorial Park
  3. Summerhill Park

The MRC is a multi-use recreational complex located adjacent to the town’s high school. It includes playing fields, restrooms, a parking lot, hiking trails, rain gardens, and a community garden. In 2014, Madison completed a year-long visioning project to assess the future uses of the park, and trails were identified as a priority for local residents and park users.

IMG_4396In 2014, a local boy scout constructed a QR Code Trail, providing interpretive information of the trees and local ecology. Volunteers constructed a trail in the undeveloped lands, across from the playing fields, bringing visitors through the open meadow and forested section of the park.

In 2016 Madison Borough completed a Conservation Management Plan for the MRC which included recommendations for trails and for management of non-native plant species. The Borough has undertaken the removal of the invasive plant species, as recommended in the plan.

The MRC trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. 

View a map of the MRC trails here.

Interested in learning more about Madison’s Open Space? View our 2020 Open Space and Recreation Plan Update here.