CLEARFIELD -- The wind ruffled 3-year-old Hazel Rice's blonde hair and she squinted her eyes against the Saturday sun's brightness as she was pushed in a stroller along the paved trail.
She was with her mother, Shaury, and father, David, brothers 8-year-old Jonah and 6-year-old Ezra and grandma, Jayna Rice. The family was one of many participating in the "Pirates of the Trail" event.
"This doesn't cost anything, but it's a great way to spend time with your family and get out of the house," Shaury said. "We wanted to celebrate trails day."
Clearfield, Clinton, Kaysville and Layton all joined together to celebrate National Trails Day. People were encouraged to get out whether bicycling, jogging, roller-blading or walking on the D&RGW Rail Trail, a paved trail running through all four cities and now Farmington.
People could go the 12-mile, one-way distance through the four cities or just take on a section. There were booths set up at intervals where people could get refreshments or play games.
National Trails Day events in Weber County were canceled because portions of the trail near the Ogden River are under water, according to a news release from Weber Pathways.
Ronna Carver and her crew of children stopped at the Clearfield booth to put on sun block and get some refreshments. They planned to go the entire stretch of trail, or at least as far as their bikes would take them.
"This is a perfect day," Carver said. "We wouldn't have come to the trail today if it wasn't for the event. It's nice."
Her son, Christopher, did the landscaping on the Clinton trailhead as part of his Eagle Scout project. The family started at the Clinton site to see that, then moved along to enjoy the outdoors.
Recreation Director Gary Cohen said he had already had more than 25 people stop at his booth by 10 to 11 a.m., which was the official event start time.
"It's great so far," Cohen said. "The whole purpose is to make people aware of the trails. We want them to know that it is here for them."
By using the trails, he said, people can see an aesthetically beautiful landscape that provides therapeutic exercise for free.
Community Services Director Tracy Heun agreed.
"It's a wonderful way for people to improve their health and wellness," she said. "It is just relaxing to be in nature. The cars aren't buzzing by. People can just escape the hustle and bustle of the roads."
Stephanie Gemmill, a South Weber resident, was at Steed Park for an event with the Family Connection Center. But she took a few minutes to enjoy the trail, too. She said she never knew the trails were there until she saw advertisements for the event.
"They are great," Gemmill said. "They provide a good opportunity for families to get healthy and spend time together. They can enjoy the natural beauty of Utah."