Newton, NC – The Newton Parks and Recreation Department invites you to get outdoors and celebrate National TRACK Trails Day with the 3×3 Challenge.

Official challenge dates are August 14-16, however, you are welcome to complete the challenge earlier or later as needed. Participants are encouraged to get moving for three miles on each of the three days of the challenge. Complete your nine miles in any way you choose. Whether you hike, bike, run, walk, or paddle, just be sure to go outdoors to your favorite trail or park and get out in nature.

The days of nature adventures are part of a nationwide celebration of the Kids in Parks program’s 11th anniversary. The program is comprised of a network of TRACK Trails throughout 12 states which includes the Heritage Trail Greenway located off N.C. 10 West in Newton. Each trail features a series of self-guided activities that turn visits into fun and exciting outdoor experiences.

Kids in Parks works to encourage children and parents to improve wellness by venturing outdoors and unplugging from the distractions of modern life. During a time when children have become increasingly disconnected from nature, the benefits of outdoor play can be dramatic and long lasting. Not only do families benefit from being outdoors, but parks also benefit when people use them. Stronger connections between children and parks cultivate young stewards and advocates who understand the importance of public lands. Learn more at For more information or to sign up for the 3×3 Challenge, call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.