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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- Are you the type of person that dreams of adventure but never works up the courage to just do it? There's an event coming up this weekend that will give potential thrill seekers a chance to try it all when it comes to outdoor recreation. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton gives us a preview of Kisatchie National Forest Day.

Have you ever pictured yourself mountain biking down the trails of Kisatchie National Forest but haven't had the chance? If so, this weekend you'll be able to hop on a bike- for free.

"Why don't we partner with a lot of our local businesses and offer people to try different activities?" says Amy Robertson of Kisatchie National Forest.  

Saturday is Kisatchie National Forest Day...an opportunity for people to take an outdoor activity for a test run.

"So if people come out this weekend will they really get that one on one experience where they really learn what they need to do? Absolutely. That's what this is all about. I mean we want to get people out here that don't know anything but would like to try mountain biking and we're going to show them how to do all that," says Mike Hopkins with Red River Cyclery.  

There will also be kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, Crossfit and more. The event is meant to encourage people who've thought about taking up a hobby, but haven't done it yet.

"We'll provide the equipment and let people make a decision for themselves after they're through riding if it's something that they want to invest in," adds Hopkins.

Organizers hope that those who come out this weekend will take up an activity and return with it to the forest.

" We have some beautiful scenery, some beautiful places to hike. A lot of trails to hike and we want people to come out and enjoy it," says Jonny Fryar of Kisatchie National Forest.  

It's a great opportunity to get outdoors, explore the forest, and leave your doubts behind.

"Hopefully any kind of hesitation that anybody might have about trying a new activity- they won't have that because we're going to provide everything that you'll need for that," adds Robertson.

The event will be held at the Kincaid Lake Recreation Area. The usual day use fee will be waived for participants.

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