National Trails Day, Wild Things on the Trail


June 3, 2023    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Krause Road Trailhead
Krause Road, Petoskey, Michigan

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On Saturday, June 3, the NCTA Jordan Valley 45° Chapter will again welcome some strange but wonderful characters on the Skyline Trail. In honor of National Trails Day, the Wild Things will be lurking on the section of trail between Krause Road and Brubaker Road, 6.5 miles south of downtown Petoskey, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Our goal for hosting this event is to introduce families and younger folks to the magic of the NCNST, but we know from experience that it will attract more seasoned hikers who are just looking for a fun excuse to get outdoors.

In case you are not up on your literary skills, the “Wild Things” are characters from Maurice Sendak’s children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. The fun cardboard cutouts we use were created by Petoskey Library assistant Marty Samson. We’re so thankful for her skills with a paintbrush! Hikers will be encouraged to post photos with the Wild Things on social media with #WildThingsNCT.

We will need volunteers to help place the Wild Things on the trail (8 to 9 am), and to greet visitors at the Krause Road trailhead (9 am to 3 pm). If we have enough  volunteers, we may also offer car spotting to Brubaker Road. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Sue Bouwense at 231-347-4394 or email