Catskills Trail Bridges Program

Catskills Trail Bridges Program

The Trail Conference is responsible for the maintenance of over 200 miles of trails in the Catskill Park.  The majority of those trails are located on New York State owned Forest Preserve lands.  On those trails we help the Department of Environmental Conservation construct, repair and monitor bridges.  On trails off of Forest Preserve lands, the Trail Conference is responsible for bridge construction, repair and monitoring.  We have a number of ongoing projects throughout the Catskill Park and along the northern sections of the Long Path.

Please consider volunteering to join a Trail Conference led Trail/Bridge Crew and if you would like more information on our Bridge Program in general, please contact Jeff Senterman at 518-628-4243 or [email protected].

 

Help us help the Catskill Park's bridges!

Bridge repair and reconstruction require lots of labor and materials.  If you are unable to volunteer on a crew, please consider supporting our bridge program in the Catskill Park, by donating to the Trail Support our Catskill Mountains trails programsConference and your donation will be put to work on the trails, lean-tos and bridges of the Catskill Mountains and Catskill Park. 

 

Completed Projects: 

Long Path Bridge at Platte Clove Preserve
The new Long Path bridge over Plattekill Creek in Platte Clove

Location: Platte Clove Preserve, Elka Park, NY, Trail Conference Catskill Trails Map #141

The Trail Conference replaced the bridge that was originally constructed to carry the Long Path and the Overlook Trail over Plattekill Creek in the Platte Clove Preserve.  In 2001 Trail Conference volunteers handmade a replica kingpost bridge to cross the stream.  This bridge mirrored the larger bridge that existed in the 1800s to carry traffic between Platte Clove and Meads. 

The old bridge was removed and the new bridge was reconstructed  on the same site.  The Trail Conference provided funding for the bridge materials and volunteers , organized by the Trail Conference, built the new kingpost bridge.  

 

Upcoming Projects:

Volunteers are needed to join the Trail Crews that will be working on all of these projects.  In addition, we will be using the construction of the bridge as an opportunity to teach bridge construction as part of Trail University.

Catskill Interpretive Center Foot Bridge

Location: Catskill Intepretive Center Site, Mount Tremper, NY, Trail Conference Catskill Trails Map #142

As part of the Trail Conference's committment to the develoment and construction of the Catskill Interpretive Center on Route 28 in Mount Tremper, we will be constructing a footbridge to carry an interpretive footpath over the small stream that is adjacent to proposed Interpretive Center.  The Trail Conference will also be managing the construction of the footpath as it climbs the hill behind the Interpretive Center site.  Given the sites location and ability for interpretation, we are planning on constructing a replica kingpost bridge so the public will be able to learn about the types of bridges that used to carry traffic throughout the Catskill Mountains.

We will be pre-constructing the new bridge at an off-site location and then bringing materials to the bridge site to construct the new bridge.  Volunteers are needed to join the Trail Crew that will be working on this projects.  In addition, we will be using the construction of the bridge as an opportunity to teach bridge construction as part of Trail University.

Contact: Jeff Senterman at 518-628-4243 or [email protected]

  


 

For more information on our Catskills Trail Program, please visit Catskills Trail News & Programs Page.