Adopt a Trail to Protect and Blaze

August 11, 2017
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Adopt a Trail to Protect and Blaze
Volunteer trail maintainer painting a blaze.


If you’re passionate about trails and are looking for one to call your own, the Trail Conference needs volunteers like you!

Trail maintainers adopt a 1 to 2-mile section of trail in their favorite park to ensure it remains open and safe for fellow users. Maintainer responsibilities include:

  • Hiking your trail section a minimum of two times a year.
  • Clearing your trail of natural obstructions and litter.
  • Blazing your trail.
  • Educating hikers about trail use and preservation.
  • Protecting the trail from erosion and misuse.

No prior experience is necessary; just bring a love for hiking and the outdoors!  We encourage attending a free trail maintenance workshop that gives you hands-on experience, teaches trail maintenance protocol, and prepares you to become a trail maintainer. Skills taught in this workshop include how to clip trail corridor, clean drainage structures, proper blazing techniques, and reporting trail conditions.

2017 Trail Maintenance Workshops:

August 19: Roosa Gap State Forest, Wurtsboro, New York

August 19: Onatru Farm House, South Salem, New York

August 26: Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson, New York

September 23: Trail Conference Headquarters, Mahwah, New Jersey

September 30: Verona Community Center, Verona, New Jersey

October 7: Presby Iris Gardens, Montclair, New Jersey

October 8: Robert O'Toole Community Center, Cedar Grove, New Jersey

The trails belong to all of us, and we need your help in protecting them. Join our force of 1,700 trail-loving volunteers maintaining more than 2,100 miles of trail from Catskill Park to the Delaware Water Gap.

Please explore our volunteer opportunities, fill out a volunteer interest form, or email us at [email protected] to see which trails need some love.