By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
— VICKSBURG — It’s 18 miles of bicentennial fun Saturday by foot or by bike as Union County’s 200th birthday celebration marks National Trails Day with a “trifecta” on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.
Starting at 8 a.m. in Mifflinburg, participants will go the distance through Vicksburg to Lewisburg and back — or can grab the complimentary shuttle if nine miles is enough celebrating for anyone.
National Trails Day, sponsored yearly by the American Hiking Society, features outdoor activities to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.
That’s certainly been the case with the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. In nearly two years of operation, the nine-mile trail has established itself as a major recreation attraction and economic boost to the county, with folks who come from all over to use it.
For the trifecta, various stops along the trail will feature historic, agriculture and conservation and healthy lifestyle information. There also will information available from the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority about the forthcoming trail expansion and development.
And what’s a Union County party without the commissioners? They’re hosting a fund-raising breakfast at Vicksburg’s Daily Grind to help with on-going trail maintenance and long-term capital improvements.
Advance reservations required with registration are now available online for the tax-deductible fund-raising breakfast: Go to BVRec.org, click on “activities,” then under “appeals” click on “BVRT Fundraising Breakfast.”
Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority is providing the free shuttle from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to start at one end of the trail or anywhere in between and go back on the shuttle, which will stop at the Mifflinburg trailhead, Vicksburg trailhead, Ard’s Farm market, Buffalo Valley Outfitters and Hufnagle Park.
Participating organizations include Evangelical Community Hospital, the Union County Soil Conservation Office, the Union County Historical Society and various county agricultural organizations.
For more information, contact the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority at (570) 524-4774.