Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Parks, Hikes, Maps, the Trail Conference and Membership

How is the Trail Conference rated as a charity?  America's largest independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, ranks the Trail Conference with its highest possible rating, 4 out of 4 stars. This is an indication of our sound financial management, good governance, adherence to best practices, commitment to accountability and transparency, and trustworthiness to the public.

When are you moving to the Darlington Schoolhouse? As soon as construction on the building is finished. Early in 2015 is our target. Keep up with the latest Schoolhouse news on our blog, and make a donation to help us finish up and move in 

I have a question about a specific park. Click to find info and contacts for hundreds of parks in our region.

I need info about Bear Mountain. Click here to learn about Bear Mountain State Park and to find additional relevant links.

I need info about Ramapo Valley County Reservation. Click here for trail info and relevant links about Ramapo Valley. For camping reservations, go to Bergen County Parks.

I need a great hike recommendation. You've come to the right place! Click here to find hundreds of detailed hike descriptions.

I’m looking for an easy hike. Click here for a list of easy to moderate hikes.

Where can I buy Trail Conference maps and books and get driving directions to those stores carrying them?  Trail Conference publications are sold at many stores and park offices throughout the region.  click on this link to see our retail outlets displayed in Google Maps.  From there you can easily get driving directions and the store's phone number.  Make sure to call first to check availability of the product you are interested it.  This map will be updated soon to contain ALL our stores - sorry if some are currently not on it!

Where can I buy your trail maps for Harriman State Park? Many places, including at our office or website, at the Park visitor centers (Palisades Parkway, Reeves Meadow), Fort Montgomery Historic Site, Campmor, Ramsey Outdoors, Tent & Trails, HV Outfitters, REI, EMS, Paragon Sports, PIPC HQ in Alpine, Davis Sports Shop, Aunti El's Farm Market, Haywards Deli. Click here to download a PDF with stores that sell the Harriman Map in or Near NYC.

What are the benefits of TC membership?  You get to work for free! :-) Actually, we do offer more than service opportunities. Click here to see the great benefits that you get when you support trails with your membership.

I’m not sure which map I need. Click here for a Map Locator (click on the image to see a bigger version)

Do you have any free maps? Yes, we do have a selection of simplified maps for many areas. Click here to see the maps that you can download for free.

Got maps for mobile?  Yes indeed, and more all the time. Click here to learn more about our mobile maps.

I’m free this weekend. Can I come help for the day? Check out our trail crew schedule and see if one works for you.

How can I volunteer close to where I live?  Start by clicking here to check our current volunteer opportunities on trail

How do I submit my trail maintenance report? Thanks for your work! Click here to find reporting forms, or check out our Volunteer Resources page for links to forms, manuals, and more. And if you're still not sure who your supervisor is, feel free to give our Volunteer Coordinator a call, or send us an email at [email protected].

I need to contact the office. Our office number is 201-512-9348, our email is [email protected]. Check our Contacts page for additional info.

Do I need to join to volunteer? You don't have to be a member to go out with most trail crews.

What do trail maintainers do? Click here to see the job description for trail maintainer.

Are there any other ways to help beside on-trail? You bet! Click here to see some of the off-trail volunteer opportunities. 

My Eagle Scout needs a project. We often work with Scout groups. The best way to start is to contact the Regional Program Coordinator for your area. Call the office at 201-512-9348 or click here to find him or her on our staff list.

Website FAQs (Click on the question to go to the answer.)

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