at Apple Knoll Farm, 25 Forest Lane, Millis, MA
Sponsored by Yered Trailers, Medfield, MA
Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) is planning a 26th Anniversary Celebration of National Trails Day on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at an exciting location – Apple Knoll Farm, conveniently located in Millis, MA. We invite you to come out and join us for this opportunity to ride the beautiful trails on the farm’s 300+ acres plus trails and on abutting conservation land — and to participate in our other festivities being held at this event.
Why such a big celebration? Because if there was just one day of the year that defined what BSTRA is all about, it is National Trails Day!
National Trails Day (NTD) exists to encourage all Americans to get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate and celebrate trails — the natural places where they can find scenery, peace, happiness and health. Dedicated volunteers, outdoor enthusiasts, trail lovers, and those new to the outdoors are all key ingredients to National Trails Day. It’s a time to give back to trails and introduce new people to the outdoors.
It is in that spirit of National Trails Day that BSTRA holds an annual NTD fundraising event to raise money for Massachusetts trail projects.
Apple Knoll Farm, Millis, MA Participants at Previous NTD Event
Join the Celebration….Festivities start at 9:30 AM with registration check-in
Open to both BSTRA members and the public, the event offers marked trails for horseback riding and hiking– an opportunity to get the whole family out to enjoy our beautiful trails. After enjoying time on the scenic trails of Apple Knoll Farm and abutting conservation land, return to the parking area for lunch, presentation of awards, and raffle of items donated by BSTRA’s many NTD prize sponsors. This year’s NTD event is sponsored by Yered Trailers of Medfield, MA, but there are many other sponsors who have made the prize packages, raffle table and lunch so awesome. Go to our Business Sponsor Directory (Sponsors tab) to view all our business sponsors.
How to Participate—Registration
There are three ways to participate.
(1) Come to ride, enjoy lunch and the raffle: Pay the registration fee to participate: $30 for adults, $15 for juniors, and $15 for lunch only.
(2) Ride and Collect Sponsors: Register same as above and download your NTD Sponsor Papers.. Your registration fee can be refunded when you collect $100 or more on your NTD Sponsor Papers. Get your NTD Papers in advance and collect tax-deductible sponsor contributions for Massachusetts trail improvements. Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. The eight participants bringing in the largest dollar amount in sponsor contributions will each be awarded generous prize packages to thank them for their efforts.
(3) Collect Sponsors Only: Register online and be sure to check off the box that you are collecting sponsors only. Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. You will still be eligible for the prize packages for the top eight participants as long as your NTD Sponsor Papers and collections are submitted to NTD Organizer, c/o 76 NW Main St,, Douglas, MA 01516 and received by June 9th; or come join us for lunch on National Trails Day and submit them in person prior to the 11 am deadline.
Although pre-registration is not necessary to ride, it is recommended in order to receive a gift bag given to the first 50 registered participants.
What Paid Registration Provides to Participants
♦ Access to marked trails thru the Apple Knoll private property and abutting conservation land
♦ BSTRA NTD Gift Bag to first 50 registered participants
♦ A Delicious Lunch
♦ Competition for Prizes for 8 Top Sponsorship Collections
♦ Free Raffle Ticket
♦ Participation in huge Raffle with more than $2,000 in prizes
♦ The knowledge that you gave back to trails
Need Overnight Stabling or Day Stall?
Apple Knoll offers temporary stabling to participants traveling distances for this event. Pricing is: $40 per night and $25 per day
Please contact Apple Knoll at 508-376-2564 for details and to reserve a stall in their temporary stabling barn
Trail Projects are Funded by this Event
Every year BSTRA puts money into our MA trail system. We select trails which are badly in need of maintenance, whether it is brushing back, grading, adding fill, correcting erosion issues, cleaning out or adding drainage ditches, repairing or building bridges, adding trail signage — or some combination of these trail improvements.
BSTRA has trail projects already in the pipeline for 2018.
One project is for the addition of 4 new bridges and 4 stone wall openings to allow for safe trail user passage on property abutting Heritage Park (RI) and owned and managed by Gloucester Land Trust. BSTRA uses these trails for its Fall Benefit Ride which we hold out of Tourbillon Trailer Sales each September.
BSTRA was recently awarded a DCR FY 18 Partnership Grant for its second project which involves developing plans and engineering work for a section on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail near Rte 126 (Bellingham). BSTRA’s expense under the terms of this grant will be $10,000. .
BSTRA is exploring additional trail improvement projects for 2018, and we will be making an announcement once our selection process is complete. If you know of a worthy trail project on public land and would like us to consider it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Wallis Pond Cart Path Trail after project completion
Interesting statistics —
In 2017 more than 168,000 individuals participated in 2,391 activities in all 50 states. Participants among the most popular activities included:
- 70,900 hikers
- 25,900 trail volunteers – maintaining 1,200 miles of trail
- 8,200 cyclists
- 4,000 paddlers
- 1,700 equestrians
National Trails Day was originated by the American Hiking Society in 1993.