Vernon Challenge to begin June 2

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In its 3rd year and part of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Act – The Trails of Vernon Challenge officially kicks off on June 2 in celebration of National Trails Day and goes until Oct. 20.

This is not a race – it is an individual challenge for personal growth and making a commitment that may change life for the better.

The Original Challenge — Tried and True, this Challenge keeps you trekking! Log 50 miles of trail travel — Choose your Adventure that suits your goals. Hike your own hike and move at your own pace. It’s all about you. Embrace it.

The Build It Challenge — It truly does take a village and we need your help building the Vernon Greenway! A greenway provides accessible recreation and travel alternatives; connecting recreational sites, pathways, schools, businesses and town resources.

Upcoming Trail Clearing Dates — May 20, June 10, July 15 & August 12. Lend a hand, bring your friends and family and encourage everyone you know to be part of this exciting new community venture! Donations welcome!

The Next Level Challenge — Looking for more of a Challenge? This one is for you! While logging you miles, add the listed objectives to your journey. The more you do – the greater the adventure,

Choose your Adventure that suits your goals. Research shows that spending time outdoors is beneficial to your overall health. So take a break and get some nature therapy! Once you reach the challenge goal, send in your trail log and/or objective list to receive a Certificate of Completion. The first finisher for each level receives a custom hand carved hiking stick! Don’t forget to share your story along the way on our facebook page: Take photos of your favorite spot on any of our trails and submit them to for a photo contest. The Board of Recreation will choose a winner at the end of the Challenge. Photos will be displayed in our Municipal Building and may be used for marketing or in the next Vernon Township Calendar.

Full details and registration forms are available at or Contact Mishelle Downtain, Director of Recreation at 973-764-4055 ext. 2261 for more information.

Don’t forget to stop in at participating merchants while on your journey to pick up your free Trail Challenge Zipper Pull and Pocket Walking Log. (Limited quantities. One per family.)

Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and help to preserve our beautiful natural resources for long lasting extraordinary outdoor experiences as well as to protect the home to many types of wildlife. Through conscious and committed effort, together we can guarantee sustainability.

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