Celebrate, explore Weber County's expansive trail system at Saturday’s TrailFest

Friday , June 29, 2018 - 5:15 AM

OGDEN — If you have yet to experience the expansive nature trails of Weber County, the Weber Pathways’ 2018 TrailFest is your perfect opportunity to do so.

From 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, June 30, adults and kids of all ages are invited to celebrate and explore the many facets of the Centennial Trail with free organized activities, such as a muddy trail demonstration, free tubing on the Ogden River, science learning projects, digging for “fossils” and making a plaster cast near Eccles Dinosaur Park

According to a press release from Weber Pathways, “The Centennial Trail is officially designated as the loop formed by the Bonneville Shoreline, Ogden River Parkway and Weber River Parkway trails. This beautiful trail is unique to the community, spanning 27 miles while passing through the Weber County communities of Ogden, South Ogden, Uintah, Riverdale, West Haven and Marriott-Slaterville.”

Participants can hike segments of the trail to earn stamps on their TrailFest Passport. They may then bring their passports to the TrailFest Expo and Festival for a chance to win prizes, the press release said. The expo will feature community organization booths, food and drinks, and additional family-friendly activities such as trampolines, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ogden Amphitheater. The farmers market will also be happening nearby.

Now in its second year, the TrailFest is sponsored by Bank of Utah and organized by Weber Pathways — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to plan, promote, construct and protect non-motorized trails and related open space in Weber County, according to its website.

“In 2017, more than 1,000 community members hiked, biked, or ran a section of the newly-completed Centennial Trail and more than 500 people enjoyed the community party after,” said Mark Bernigni, executive director of Weber Pathways, in the press release. “We hope to double participation this year, now that the event is more widely known. No matter your age or ability, we have many opportunities for everyone to get out and enjoy the beautiful trail system.”

Those wanting to hike the Weber River Trail near Riverdale — which has been partially closed since July 15 due to a fire — don’t worry. Riverdale City announced Wednesday via Facebook that the damaged portion of trail is being repaired and is expected to be open in time for the TrailFest.

Standard-Examiner Copy Editor Andrea Harvey can be reached at aharvey@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @andrearharvey or “like” her Facebook page at Facebook.com/AndreaHarveyJourno.

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