Bakersville Mayor Charles “Chuck” Vines addresses the crowd Friday, April 27, before the official ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the Kids in Parks TRACK Trail at the Bakersville Creekwalk.

'Kids in Parks' trail open at Bakersville Creekwalk

BAKERSVILLE – The town of Bakersville, in partnership with Mitchell County Recreation, received an $8,000 “Kids in Parks TRACK Trail” grant for the Bakersville Creekwalk this past November. The trail on Friday, April 27, had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Bakersville Mayor Chuck Vines addressed a group including elected officials, employees of the Mitchell County Recreation Department and third-graders from Gouge Elementary, among others, before the official opening of the network of hiking, biking, paddling and disc golf trails outfitted with free activity guides for children and families.

Each Trails, Ridges, Activities and Connections for Kids, or TRACK, has a series of self-guided brochures encouraging children to engage with the outdoors.

Adventures for the town of Bakersville Creek Walk TRACK Trail include “Nature’s Hide & Seek” encouraging children to walk along the trail and discover common things often overlooked in nature, “Hikin’ to Find Lichen” where children can discover the three different forms lichen, “Finding Ferns” where children follow illustrations and clues to find as many ferns as possible and “The Need for Trees” where children discover six of the more common trees found in Elizabeth Brinkley Park.

The mission behind TRACK Trails is encouraging children to be physically active and help them build meaningful connections with nature. In turn, these goals help inspire the next generation of stewards who will care for all public lands.

The ease of the hikes and educational materials provide a positive introduction to outdoor activities. Children can record their adventures at to earn prizes and plan more adventures.

Kids in Parks was started in 2008 by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in North Carolina. Today it has trails in 10 states, including Virginia and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.

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