Palisades Crew at Sterling Forest State Park



First you helped us save Sterling Forest…now help us restore its trails.

Pal Crew 2014

In 1998, the effort to protect Sterling Forest from development lead a coalition of over 30 organizations to purchase and permanently protect 14,500 acres of unbroken deep-forest habitat. Subsequent acquisition efforts have increased the size to nearly 22,000 acres.


Now the Trail Conference invites your participation to enhance the trail system in this special park. 


Recognizing our expertise in developing trails and volunteers, New York State Parks has asked the Trail Conference to develop an expanded corps of volunteers and to assess, inventory, design, build, and restore the trails in this forest. This crew of volunteers, ranging over Sterling Forest  and parks and NYNJTC trails in the region, is thus known as the Palisades Region Trail Crew.


In order to restore existing trails, volunteers will be trained how to identify unsustainable problem areas and how to repair trail structures. A series of both entry-level and advanced hands-on workshops will teach volunteers to layout and design sustainable user-friendly trails, and build, restore, remediate, and maintain trails. There will be opportunities and training for all levels of ability and interest. Details on how to repair and install crib wall, tread hardening by rock paving, stairs, trail bridges, drainage structures, stepping stones, and turnpikes will be taught as needed. 

(The Palisades Region Trails Project at Sterling Forest will not involve advanced rock work; training in those techniques is available at our Bear Mountain Trails Project.)

Visit our Trail U schedule to find upcoming training opportunities at Sterling Forest.

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Come be a part of the next step of the protection of Sterling Forest State Park


 Trail Crew Trips: Fall 2014

 Join our Trail Crew building trails for the rest of the season on Saturdays. 9 AM start time.


Sign up on individual crew days here, or Contact Erik:

Trail-U Workshops!

Check out our upcoming schedule for fall 2014.



Special Events

 You're invited...

 Join us for a Volunteer Appreciation Cookout coming up soon on  Saturday October 11th, from 2pm to 7pm, at the Welch Trail Education Center:


Good food, good company, good tales, land ots of laughter to be had, join us!


To make sure we bring out enough munchies for everyone, let us know if you can come by RSVPing at [email protected]

Previous Events

Our Sept 20th and October 5th Trail U Workshops were entitled Intro to trail Building techniques. Participants learned trail restoration, building and design techniques, including sustainable methods of mitigating soil erosion in a watershed.