National Trail Day was yesterday, and I was out there with my wife Shelia and friend Jeff putting in some miles. Yesterday, we slipped through the mud in the Hogbacks, which is part of the Genesee County Parks system.

Today, we hit the trails in the Hadley Hills near the Horse Campground on Fox Lake Road. This area is part of the Michigan State Parks. Both areas are just a short drive from where I live in Davison, and are within a half hour drive of most in the Flint area.

My wife and I prefer rugged, rocky, muddy dirt trails like the ones mentioned, but there are also many miles of groomed, even paved trails for everyone to enjoy. A good example of paved trails is the Flint River trail. You can access it from downtown Flint and take it to Stepping Stone Falls and back. This trail gets foot, skate and bike traffic.

Clio, Davison and Grand Blanc also have several miles of paved trail, and many other communities are developing trail systems.

Old railroad beds are quickly becoming a valuable resource as trailways in many parts of Michigan and the country. Rails To Trails provides a great way to see the countryside on foot, bike or skate. Some are available for snowmobiles in the winter and some allow equestrian use.

Trails make it easy and fun to get outdoors and get some great excercise. Michigan is home to thousands of miles of trails, some clean and paved and much of the rugged variety. There's one not too far from you, wherever you may be.