Making sure trails are in tip-top shape before the busy recreation season goes a long way to help prevent erosion and other damage caused by increased activity in spring and summer. There's a lot that goes into making a trail safe and enjoyable! From clearing branches to hanging signs, building bridges and more, there's a trail maintenance activity for everyone. Check out the list of upcoming events, below, and sign-up to help! The trails events on our calendar are sponsored by various volunteer groups, non-profit conservation organizations, and state or federal agencies.
Spring Trail Clearing Day
This is a one day annual event organized by the Chocorua Mountain Club where trails are cleared of downed trees and branches, waterbars and other drainages are cleaned of debris, water is directed off trails, brush cut back from trails, and larger maintenance projects are recorded for further work. The organization and community has been hosting this day, along with other work days for about 100 years.
Sponsored by the Chocorua Mountain Club:
- Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Chocorua, NH.
Trailwrights will be doing our basic spring clean up and maintenance. This is our first scheduled work day for this year. Come learn how it is done, no previous experience required.
Sponsored by Trailwrights:
- Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Franconia Notch, NH.
Newbury Trail Work
Join the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge (SRK) Trail Crew and help clean up a short section of the SRK Greenway in Newbury, NH.
Sponsored by the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition:
- Friday, May 19, 2017 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in Newbury, NH.
White Mountain National Forest Adopt-A-Trail Training
The White Mountain National Forest Adopt-A-Trail program enables volunteers to take ownership on a section of specific trail and oversee basic maintenance of that trail. Adopters check on trail conditions, clear drainage areas, cut trees and brush in trail corridor as well as reporting on larger issues in need of addressing by a trail crew.
The Adopt-A-Trail Program is coordinated by the three ranger districts in the White Mountain National Forest. See the list of regional trainings, below:
Sponsored by the White Mountain National Forest:
- Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Lincoln, NH.
- Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Conway, NH.
- Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Conway, NH.
- Sunday, June 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Bethlehem, NH.
Help Durham Trails
Help put the finishing touches on the Oyster River Trail, a new 2-mile+ trail through the Town of Durham’s Oyster River Forest that connects to UNH’s College Woods. Volunteers will learn new skills from trails professional Lew Shelley of Snowhawk LLC and trained volunteers from the community and the Durham Land Stewardship Subcommittee. No experience necessary!
Sponsored by the Town of Durham Conservation Commission:
- Friday, May 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Durham, NH.
- Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Durham, NH.
Neil Tillotson Hut Log Lean-To Building Day
Help build a replica shelter in Pittsburg, NH for the Plymouth State University White Mountain Museum, now ready to be put up and dedicated to Neil Tillotson.
Sponsored by the Cohos Trail Association:
- Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Pittsburg, NH.
Celebrate National Trails Day at Mount Agamenticus!
Come celebrate National Trails Day at Mount Agamenticus! Mt. A relies on volunteer work to help maintain the surrounding region. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community; many hands make light work!
Sponsored by the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program:
- Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in York, ME.
Mt. Pemigewasset Trail
Trailwrights will be leading and assisting the adopter of the Mt. Pemigewasset Trail and are putting the call out for those interested in helping. For those new to the craft, this is a great opportunity to learn some of the methods of trail maintenance.
Sponsored by Trailwrights:
- Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Franconia Notch, NH.