In 1920, Trail Conference pioneers built Harriman State Park’s first trail, the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, creating a legacy of connecting people with nature. Three years later, our volunteers built the very first section of the Appalachian Trail, through Harriman-Bear Mountain. Ever since, we have worked with park partners to plan, construct, and restore thousands of miles of trails, building and caring for one of the nation’s finest networks of trails. Volunteers learn trail construction and maintenance techniques from Trail Conference volunteer leaders, Corps members, and staff. Materials for trail projects are funded by our partners or through grants, contracts, and donations.
Where does my money go?
Donations to the Trail Building & Maintenance Fund have helped us secure materials and tools for projects. They ensure our volunteers and Corps members have appropriate PPE. They fund the expertise and oversight our field managers provide to volunteers and Corps members to ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable experience while building and maintaining trails.