Did you know September 27 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD)? Created by the The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), NPLD is a day to “help improve public lands and educate youth and adults about their importance.”
NPLD has been held for the past 21 years, with millions of volunteers throughout the United States volunteering their time to plant, mulch, paint, and clean up the public lands we use for education, recreation, and exercise.
It’s also a fee-free day for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service lands.
In the state of Michigan, it’s a fee-free day for all state parks and recreation areas.
I spent the day hiking the trails in Tahquamenon Falls State Park and along Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
It was a gorgeous day, with gold, red, and yellow fall colors from the northern hardwoods delighting me as I hiked.
The temperatures were in the mid-60’s(Farenheit) with blue skies and calm winds; I enjoyed a day exploring the northern woods.