Adopt a Trail to Protect and Blaze

April 04, 2018
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.

2018 Trail Maintenance Workshops:

April 28Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, New York

May 12Fahnestock State Park, Cold Spring, New York

June 3Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, New York

Stay tuned for more 2018 workshops!

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.