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Connecticut Appalachian Mountain Club, Connecticut Chapter

Maintains the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut. Work parties are planned for most weekends of the months from mid-April to October (with occasional out-of-season forays); one or two co-leaders, along with anywhere from 1 to 10 or 12 sturdy assistants will head out to do what's needed, from cutting winter blow-downs (fallen trees across the trail), brushing and weeding during the flush of summer growth, to major relocations as property is acquired or the Trail must be relocated due to excessive wear.

Connecticut The Connecticut Forest and Park Association
E-mail: conn.forest.assoc@snet.net

The Roving Trail Crew will hold work parties on an as needed basis. For information on participating e-mail CFPA .

Connecticut Shelton Trails
e-mail comments and suggestions Teresa Gallagher: hypercog@connix.com
Shelton, CT

Maine Friends of Acadia
e-mail eileen@foa.acadia.net

Post Office Box 725
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

For information on volunteer outings, call the Friends of Acadia office at (800)914-4415 or (207)288-3340, or Acadia National Park Headquarters at (207)288-5456.

Maine Maine A.T. Club
MATC Corresponding Secretary: Tom Lohnes tlohnes@pivot.net

P.O. Box 283
Augusta, ME 04330
MATC is a volunteer nonprofit corporation that manages 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, its facilities and corridor. Worktrips usually take place on weekends and may involve overnight camping at or near the worksite. 
MATC sign

Massachusetts Friends of the Blue Hills


1894  Canton Ave
Milton, MA 02186

The Friends of the Blue Hills was created to restore, preserve and protect approximately 8,000 acres of the Historic Blue Hills and Neponset River Reservations.

New Hampshire  The Cohos Trail


The Cohos Trail is a 159-mile remote and wild trail in northern-most New Hampshire. It will run from near the town of Bartlett, NH all the way to the Canadian border when the last blowdown is cleared away. Over 140 miles of trail are open now, and nearly 20 more miles are flagged for crews to cut in 2002.  Once you leave Jefferson, NH, you will not enter a population center again until you reach little Pittsburg village 90 trail miles later. And, if you decide not to go into the village of Pittsburg, you can walk nearly 120 miles without encountering a town.


New Hampshire Friends of the Wapack

The Wapack Trail covers 21 miles from Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA, to North Pack in Greenfield, NH. The trail follows a skyline route along the summits of Watatic, Pratt, New Ipswich, Barrett and Temple mountains, then ascends the Pack Monadnocks. Each spring, volunteers clear sections and periodically repaint the blazes. Weekend work parties take on more difficult projects such as brush clearing, erosion control and occasional trail relocation.

New Hampshire
Fox Forest Hillsboro

A group of local residents is working to revitalize Fox Forest to an important role in our community. This effort takes several directions and uses a variety of resources including the State Forestry Department, Americorps volunteers, the TrailWrights, and numerous local volunteers.
People to contact for more information and to volunteer:
Jay Hewitt 464-3453 (resident Forest Technician and representative of the Forestry Department)
Ann Ford 478-3958
Dick Marsh 464-5626

New York/New JerseyNew York - New Jersey Trail Conference

156 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah NJ 07430
e-mail:  info@nynjtc.org

1,600+ miles of hiking trails to maintain and protect. Routine trail maintenance consists of brush clipping, marking and re-marking the trail (paint or plastic markers, depending on the area), removing blowdowns (downed trees across the trail) with hand tools, building rock stepping stones over wet areas, cleaning waterbars, etc. For heavier jobs, we sponsor six regional trail crews.

New York The Adirondak Forty-Sixers

Finger Lakes Trail maintaining clubs

Rochester Area
Genesee Valley Chapter of the

Rochester Area
Genesee Valley Hiking Club

Eastern NY
Mid-Hudson chapter Adirondack Mountain Club

Syracuse Area
Adirondack Mountain Club Onondaga chapter

Ithaca Area
Cayuga Trails club

Buffalo Area
Foothills Trail Club

Adirondack Mountain Club  Niagara Chapter

Binghamton Area
Triple Cities Hiking Club

New York The Appalachian Mountain Club New York-North Jersey Chapter

John (Jack) Levin, Chair
Trails Committee
AMC, NY-NoJ Chapter
50 S. Portland Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 802-9065

The Chapter Trails Committee, working under the direction of the local New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, maintains over 140 miles of hiking trails in the region, including a portion of the AT. There are about 40 AMC members who regularly work as volunteer trail maintainers. Each of our maintainers is responsible for a few miles of a specific trail. Most of their work is done alone, according to their personal schedule. Major jobs, such as trail relocation and construction of water bars or bridges, are team efforts, often involving members of several area hiking organizations.

New York The Crescent Trail Association

P.O.Box 1354
Fairport, NY 14450

The Crescent Trail is a footpath in the Town of Perinton, a suburb southeast of Rochester. Twenty-six miles of trail wind through wooded hills and scenic wetlands connecting the Erie Canal Heritage Trail (or towpath) along the banks of the Erie Canal, to the Perinton Hikeway-Bikeway, and to trails in the neighboring towns of Pittsford,Victor, and Macedon. The Crescent Trail Hiking Association is a private, non-profit organization which plans, constructs and maintains the trail.

New York The Friends of The Genesee Valley Greenway, Inc.

1134 Wall Road
Webster, NY 14580

A collection of multi-use public trails that will travel from Rochester, NY to Pennsylvania, is being created on the tow path of the long abandoned (since 1878) Genesee Valley Canal. To help clear and maintain the trail contact: Joe Regal at 716-658-3174. for the Mount Morris sections. Joan Schumaker at 716-476-2354 for the Nunda/Portage sections. Russ Reeves at 716-227-3207 for Monroe County and Caledonia sections. George Briggs at 716-382-3038 for the York/Leceister sections.

New York Mohonk Preserve, Inc.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561
ph (914) 255-0919
fax (914) 255-5646

The Mohonk Preserve is New York State's largest privately funded nature preserve with over 6300 acres 90 miles north of Manhattan.

New York Syracuse area
Central New York Chapter
North Country Trail Assn.
7169 Forbes Rd.
Canastota, NY 13032
(315)- 697-3387
(315)-697-3245 (voice mail/fax)

Contact: Al Larmann, Publicity/Newsletter

The Link Trail is being built in Central New York to connect the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) in Chenango County with the Old Erie
Canal Towpath (a State Park) at Canastota, NY, east of Syracuse. It will also connect Lorenzo State Historic Site in Cazenovia
and Chittenango Falls State Park north of Cazenovia. Approximately 24 miles are complete north of the FLT and work is
proceeding as long as weather will allow. We need help in building, maintenance, producing trail guides & fliers, membership.

New York  Victor Hiking Trails, Inc.

85 East Main Street
Victor, NY 14564-1397

New York Waterman Conservation Education Center

403 Hilton RD
Apalachin, NY 13732.

(607) 625-2221

Volunteer activities include: Volunteer Naturalist, Trail Maintenance, Weekday Clerical, Nature Shop Sales, Exhibit Construction, Building Maintenance, Special Events Helper

Pennsylvania The Allegheny Outdoor Club

Pennsylvania The Allegheny Trail Alliance

An association of  Rails-to-Trails groups formed in November 1995 to coordinate the efforts in constructing the Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD trail. The Allegheny Trail Alliance is composed of the Allegheny Highland Trail, the Youghiogheny River Trail, Allegheny Highland Trail (MD), Steel Heritage Trail, The Three Rivers Heritage Trail and the Montour Trail.
Contact person is Linda Boxx 412-537-6900 or email boxx@westol.com.

Pennsylvania Allentown Hiking Club
E-mail - dch@enter.net

PO Box 1542
Allentown, PA 18105-1542

Maintains 11.7 miles of the Appalachian Trail, Tri-County Corner, PS. to Bake Oven Knob, PA. including two backcountry shelters, Allentown and Outerbridge. Meet the 1st Wednesday of the month (7:30pm) at the Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm Street, Allentown, Pa. Dues are $5.00 per calendar year.

Pennsylvania The Alpine Club of Williamsport
P.O. Box 501
Williamsport, PA 17703

Information: alpineclublt@suscom.net

The Alpine Club of Williamsport maintains the Loyalsock Trail and publishes a trail guide with waterproof maps.

Pennsylvania AMC - Delaware Valley Chapter
E-mail: appalachiantrail@amcdv.org

1180 Greenleaf Drive
Bethlehem PA 18017

Maintains the Appalachian Trail 15.5 miles, Little Gap, PA. to Wind Gap, PA.


Batona Hiking Club of Philadelphia

Responsible for sections of The Appalachian Trail, The Horseshoe Trail in Pennsylvania, and The Batona Trail in New Jersey

Pennsylvania Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
PO Box 3523 Reading, PA 19605

Maintains the Applachian Trail 64.4 miles, between Rausch Creek, PA and Lehigh Furnace Gap, PA

Pennsylvania The Blue Marsh National Recreation Area
Blue Marsh Lake
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
R.D. #1 Box 1239
Leesport, PA 19533
Telephone: (610)376-6337

We are always looking for volunteers to assist us with various projects at Blue Marsh Lake. These projects include educational programs, trail maintenance, natural resource management, and volunteer trail patrol. To volunteer, call the project office, and ask for the volunteer coordinator.

Pennsylvania The Butler Outdoor Club


P.O. Box 243
Butler, PA 16003-0243

Pennsylvania Cumberland Valley A.T. Management Association
43 Walnut Trail
Carroll Valley, PA 17320

Maintains 18 miles of the Applachian Trail, Deans Gap, PA. to Center Point Knob, PA.

Pennsylvania Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council
e-mail: info@cvrtc.org
P.O. Box 531
Shippensburg, PA 17257
phone (717) 860-0444

Maintains an 11-mile rail-trail between Shippensburg and Newville, in Cumberland County, (southcentral) PA. The trail is still primitive, but there is an ongoing need for brush clearing and mowing to maintain a minimal path. Also, persons interested in constructing or installing gates/bollards/signs are welcome. No web page yet, but we are listed/shown on the PA DCNR Rails-to-Trails Site

Pennsylvania Keystone Trails Association

101 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
email: Info@KTA-Hike.org

9-10 trailcare weekends are scheduled between the months of March and November. Trailcare weekends begin on Friday evening and extend to Sunday afternoon. A full day of trail work on Saturday is followed by an evening of campfire sociability.

Pennsylvania Mason-Dixon Trail System

13 Denise Dr
Thornton, Pa 19373

The Mason-Dixon Trail System maintains 190 miles of trail starting at Chadds Ford in Pennsylvania, through Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, crossing the Susquehanna River at Harve de Grace, Md, then along the Susquehanna to Wrightsville, Pa, where it goes west through Pinchot State Park and ends at Whiskey Springs on the AT. For $15.00, one can join the Mason-Dixon Trail System and get a map set and a patch. The guide book is on the back of the maps. Annual renewal of membership is $5.00.

Pennsylvania The Montour Trail

P.O. Box 11866
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

TO VOLUNTEER: Stan Siranovich at 412-695-2354

Organized in November 1989 to convert the abandoned right-of way of the Montour Railroad in Allegheny and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania, into a 54-mile (including spur lines) hiking and biking trail. There are approximately 750 members at this time. To date approximately twenty-three miles of trail are complete. All work of the MTC is done by volunteers, including maintenance and light construction. Individual dues are $15/year

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Trail Club
c/o Gerald Rushler
511 Sharpless Road
Springfield, PA 19064

Maintains the Applachian Trail 10.2 miles, Lehigh Furnace Gap, PA to Little Gap, PA.

Pennsylvania Rachel Carson Trail Conservancy


We're always looking for volunteers groups and individuals who can help out with our projects and activities, including education programs, our bookstore and gift shop, office work, yard and trail work, and special events.
The Rachel Carson Trail extends from North Park to Harrison Hills Park in Allegheny County north of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The Trail was built and is being maintained by the Pittsburgh Council of American Youth Hostels.


Pennsylvania Ridge and Valley Outing Club

P.O. Box 352
Centre Hall, PA 16828


Pennsylvania Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club
PO Box 61001
Harrisburg, PA 17106-1001

Maintains 9.2 miles of the Applachian Trail, PA 225 to Clarks Valley (PA 325)

Pennsylvania -Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Friends of the Riverfront
P.O. Box 42434, Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Pennsylvania The Warrior Trail Association

P.O. Box 103
Waynesburg, PA 15370-0103

Pennsylvania York Hiking Club
York, PA

Maintains 7.8 miles of the Applachian Trail near Duncanno, Susquehanna R., PA to PA 225

Vermont Catamount Trail Association
PO Box 1235
Burlington, VT 05402


Vermont The Long Trail
The Green Mountain Club, Inc.
Route 100, RR1, Box 650
Waterbury Center VT 05677

(802) 244-7037

Ten sections are located in Vermont, one in Massachusetts, the Connecticut Section, and one in New York.  Volunteer season is from May to October.  The coordinators will schedule work to match your available time on individual projects from 1 day to several weeks.

Vermont Green Mountain Club, Burlington Section

The Burlington Section maintains the Long Trail from Smuggler's Notch to the Winooski River. Members use their skills to brush trails and clear blowdowns, repair bridges and signs, build new shelters.

Vermont Green Mountain Club, Bennington Section

The Bennington Section is responsible for maintaining the section from Harmon Hill, south of Vt. Rte. 9 in Woodford, north to the top of Glastenbury Mountain. We also are responsible for the maintenance of the Melville Nauheim Shelter (Maple Hill, near Rt. 9) and the Goddard Shelter (Glastenbury Mt.)

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