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One of the most important and rewarding aspects of involvement with KTA is volunteering to help maintain Pennsylvania's extensive system of hiking trails. Each year, on designated weekends between March and November, dedicated trail care volunteers gather, and, armed with blaze paint, limb loppers, pulaskis and brush cutters they clear and upgrade hiking trail corridors and treadways. Come to camp on Friday evening and stay until Sunday afternoon. Saturday's the day we really get down to business.

Hooked on trail work and a weekend's not enough? Plan on joining a weeklong trail crew for an extended service trip. Choose one, or more, of the 5 trail crew opportunities in June and spend a full and fulfilling week doing trail work, with all meals provided! Can't get away for an entire week? Participants are welcome to sign up for the days and times their schedules allow

The trail care program is for all ages and abilities, with no prior experience or special skills necessary. If you can handle a pair of loppers or wield a paintbrush then your volunteer efforts will be much appreciated by everyone in the hiking community.

Most trail care events have camping or cabin facilities available, or you can make your own arrangements to stay in a local motel.

If you are a hiker, just enjoy getting out for a walk in the woods or simply want to get involved in a healthy and meaningful activity, then consider volunteering with KTA's trail care program. Your "hands on" experience will make you appreciate the trails you love to walk even more.



2017 Summer Trail Crew Schedule Print

 

This year, the Keystone Trails Association (KTA) will field its 20th annual Trail Crew season, dedicated to improving Pennsylvania’s hiking trails. Pennsylvania has thousands of miles of hiking trails. Building and maintaining these trails depends mostly on volunteers. It’s up to us to keep our hiking trails in good condition. Join with KTA in giving some time back to Pennsylvania’s trails!

The work can be hard but the rewards are many.

And we don't charge admission.

You’ll meet volunteers from many places, and share time and camaraderie with them. You’ll learn to appreciate Pennsylvania’s hiking trails in a new way. And you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you contributed to this project.

Thanks to past efforts of the KTA summer Trail Crew and Trail Care weekend volunteers, Pennsylvania’s hiking community can justly be proud of the hiking experiences available on our state’s extensive system of footpaths.

The KTA Trail Crews assemble on Tuesday evening and end the following Sunday at noon, with all meals provided. Participants can sign up for the entire week or by the day. The 2017 Summer Trail Crew Schedule is below the break. Read about conditions and expectations, then download the 2017 Trail Crew brochure (pdf) for reference.

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2017 Trail Care Schedule Print
Trail Care weekends begin Friday evening at the designated campsite. A full day of trail work on Saturday is followed by an evening of campfire sociability and possibly a meal out at a local restaurant (Dutch treat). After a morning of additional trail work, the weekend concludes about noon on Sunday.
 
If you can't spare an entire weekend, you can join the group for whatever portion is convenient. No experience or special skills are required. Tools and work gloves will be provided.

 

Code Orange events are one-day trail care events. Camping may be available and food is sometimes provided.
 
Click here for the brochure (pdf) containing the dates of all of our Trail Care and Trail Crew events. If you are interested in spending a week on a Trail Crew, please read this PAGE.

 

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