The Health Division of the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services would like nothing better than to get county residents out into the fresh air and walking long distances to improve their health. However, it’s the Guilford County Parks Department and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners who are now prompting residents to do so – and, on Thursday, April 6, the commissioners will officially make this year “The Year of the Trail.”

Throughout 2023, the Guilford County Parks Department, which was made a standalone department just a couple of years ago, will celebrate the year with a host of special trail-related events meant to get people outside.

On April 22, for instance, from 9 a.m. to noon, the county will hold Volunteer Day at the Rich Fork Preserve to make improvements there. (Saturday, April 22 is also Earth Day this year.)

On May 6, at the Guilford County Farm – formerly a prison farm – the county will host a Family Fishing Day as well as a plant sale.

That event will be followed on May 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a special education event held with the help of the Greensboro Public Library: “The Guilford County Prison Farm: Then, Now and the Future.”

The next event will be on June 3, from 9 a.m. to noon: The National Trails Day Hike at Company Mill Preserve in Guilford County.

On September 30 and October 7, the county will put on the “Big Pick Volunteer Event “ at the Guilford County Farm where members of the public will pick grapes at the farm.

Guilford County Commissioner Mary Beth Murphy is the one who will declare the year of the trail at the commissioners meeting later this week. She represents much of the rural area that the county’s trails run through.