Trail Maintenance, Trail Building, Trail Advocacy: Opportunities to leave a lasting legacy

Like many trail runners you may be wondering how to give back to the trails you enjoy. We’ve created the following directory to help connect you with groups that organize trail maintenance, trail building and conduct trail advocacy. At the American Trail Running Association we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the mountains, parks and trails. We also want to encourage trail runners to give back to these lands by getting involved and helping keep our trails accessible and healthy for future generations. Let’s get out there and make a positive impact for the lands and trails that we so cherish!

Below is list of local and regional groups that will help connect you with in your trail community. Is there a group that you volunteer with to maintain trails that we missed? Tell us about it by clicking here.

See you on the trails!

Dartmouth Outing Club Trail Crew

National

American Hiking Society
ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program *

New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT)

Appalachian Mountain Club – Boston, Massachusetts
Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Maine Trail Crew – Maine
Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Volunteer Long Trail Patrol – Vermont
Belknap County Conservation District – New Hampshire
Belknap Range Trail Tenders – New Hampshire
Catamount Trail Association – Burlington, Vermont
Chocorua Mountain Club – New Hampshire
Comprehensive Trail Services – New Hampshire
Connecticut Forest and Park Association – Connecticut
Cross Vermont Trail Association – Montpelier, Vermont
Dartmouth Outing Club – New Hampshire
Friends of the Blue Hills – Milton, Massachusetts
Friends of the Wapack, Inc. – New Hampshire
Green Mountain Club – Waterbury Center, Vermont
Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest – Rutland, Vermont
Hilltown Land Trust – Massachusetts
Maine Conservation Corps – Maine
Mass Audubon – Lincoln, Massachusetts
Monadnock Sunapee Greenway Trail Club – New Hampshire
Natural Groupie – Durham, New Hampshire
NEMBA – New England
Newfound Lake Region Association – New Hampshire
SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps – Massachusetts
Sinuosity – New England & New York
SnowHawk, LLC – New England & New York
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests – New Hampshire
Squam Lakes Association – New Hampshire
Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway – New Hampshire
The Cohos Trail Association (TCTA) – New Hampshire
The Nature Conservancy – New Hampshire
The Trustees – Massachusetts
Trailwrights – New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts
Upper Valley Trails Alliance – New Hampshire& Vermont
Volunteers in the Parks – Massachusetts
Waldo County Trails Coalition – Maine
White Mountain National Forest – Maine & New Hampshire
Winding Trails – Farmington, Connecticut

NYNJ Trail Conference Floworks Trail Crew

Mid-Atlantic (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew – Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Delaware State Parks – Dover, Delaware
Delaware Greenways – Wilmington, Delaware
Keystone Trails Association – Mechanicsburg, Philadelphia (Visit their race page here)
Montgomery Parks – Silver Spring, Maryland
NYNJ Trail Conference – Mahway, New Jersey
NJ Department of Parks and Forests – Trenton, New Jersey
Patapsco Valley State Park – Ellicott City, Maryland
The Yankee Clippers/Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) – Pennsylvania

Southeast (AL, AR, DC, GA, FL, MS, LA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

Acme Treadway Company/Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) – Richmond,Virginia
Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Konnarock Trail Crew – Virginia
Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Rocky Top Trail Crew – Tennessee
Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Smokies Wilderness Elite A.T. Crew (SWEAT) – Tennessee
Cadillac Crew – West Virginia
Carolina Mountain Club – Asheville, North Carolina
Carolina Trail Builders – Weaverville, North Carolina
Florida Trail Association – Florida
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail – Raleigh, North Carolina
Pisgah Area SORBA – Western North Carolina
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) – Vienna, Virginia
Potomac Heritage – Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Spooky Beavers & Prince William Forest Park/Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) – Virginia
Tennessee Trails Association – Nashville, Tennessee
The Flying McCleods/Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) – Virginia
The Rock Creek Filibusters/Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) – Washington DC
The Stonewall Brigade/Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) – Woodstock/Wardensville, West Virginia

Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

Black Hills Trails – Sturgis, South Dakota
Boone County Conservation District – Belvidere, Illinois
Buckeye Trail Association – Shawnee, Ohio
Central Iowa Trail Association – Des Moines, Iowa
Great Parks of Hamilton County – Cincinnati, Ohio
Hoosier Hiker’s Council – Indiana
Metro Parks – Westerville, Ohio
Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance – Lansing, Michigan
Saint Louis County Parks – St. Louis, Missouri
Sugar Grove Nature Center – Funks Grove, Illinois
Superior Hiking Trails – Two Harbors, Minnesota
Trails for Illinois – Charleston, Illinois
Trails Have our Respect – Omaha, Nebraska
Urban Trail Company – Kansas City, Missouri

Volunteers working on the Cheyenne Mountain Trail

Mountain West (CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)

Back Country Horsemen of Colorado – Mancos, Colorado
Bar NI Ranch Community Fund – Trinidad, Colorado
Black Forest Trails Association – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Boulder Climbing Community – Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Mountainbike Alliance – Boulder, Colorado
Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition – Buena Vista, Colorado
Cal-Wood Education Center – Jamestown, Colorado
Central Colorado Mountain Riders – Salida, Colorado
Coalition for the Upper South Platte – Lake George, Colorado
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative – Golden, Colorado
Colorado Mountain Bike Association – Lakewood, Colorado
Colorado Mountain Club – Golden, Colorado
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc – Grand Junction, Colorado
Continental Divide Trail Coalition – Golden, Colorado
Crested Butte Conservation Corps – Crested Butte, Colorado
Crestone Wilderness Stewards – Crestone, Colorado
Eagle River Watershed Council – Eagle, Colorado
Eagle Valley Land Trust – Edwards, Colorado
FireWise of Southwest Colorado – Durango, Colorado
Foothills Climbing Community – Golden, Colorado
Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friends of Colorado State Parks – Denver, Colorado
Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness – Frisco, Colorado
Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness – Colorado
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District – Silverthorne, Colorado
Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges – Commerce City, Colorado
Friends of the Peak – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friends of the Yampa – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Front Range Back Country Horsemen – Lakewood, Colorado
Grand Junction chapter of Great Old Broads for Wilderness – Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen – Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Valley Audubon Society – Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Valley Trails Alliance – Grand Junction, Colorado
Grow Local Colorado – Denver, Colorado
Gunnison Trails, Inc. – Gunnison, Colorado
HistoriCorps – Denver, Colorado
La Veta Trails – La Veta, Colorado
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics – Boulder, Colorado
Manitou CATS – Manitou Springs, Colorado
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mountain Studies Institute – Silverton, Colorado
Orient Land Trust – Villa Grove, Colorado
Professional Trail Builders Association – Boulder, Colorado
Public Access Preservation Association – Telluride, Colorado
Purgatoire Watershed Partnership – Trinidad, Colorado
Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative – Center, Colorado
Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) – Aspen, Colorado
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers – Basalt, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Field Institute – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Salida Mountain Trails – Salida, Colorado
San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council – Alamosa, Colorado
San Luis Valley Great Outdoors – Alamosa, Colorado
Sheep Mountain Alliance – Telluride, Colorado
Southwest Conservation Corps – Los Valles – Salida, Colorado
Stay The Trail Education and Stewardship Alliance – Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Tamarisk Coalition – Grand Junction, Colorado
Telluride Mountain Club – Telluride, Colorado
The Colorado Trail Foundation – Golden, Colorado
The Greenway Foundation – Denver, Colorado
The Greenway Fund – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Trail Wise Back Country Horsemen – Del Norte, Colorado
Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders – Montrose, Colorado
UpaDowna – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Upper Arkansas Wilderness Volunteers – Salida, Colorado
Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association – Edwards, Colorado
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado – Denver, Colorado
Walking Mountains Science Center – Avon, Colorado
Western Colorado Conservation Corps – Grand Junction, Colorado
Wilderness Workshop – Carbondale, Colorado
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers – Boulder, Colorado
Yampatika – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Central Oregon Trail Alliance

Pacific (AK, HI, WA, OR, CA)

44 Trails – Oregon
Alaska Trails – Anchorage, Alaska
Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association – Ashland, Oregon
California State Parks Foundation – San Francisco, California
Chinook Trail Association – Oregon
Chugach State Park – Anchorage, Alaska
Central Oregon Trail Alliance – Bend, Oregon
Mt Hood National Forest – Sandy, Oregon
Forest Park Conservancy – Portland, Oregon
High Cascades Forest Volunteers – Oregon
Municipality of Anchorage – Anchorage, Alaska
Nature Conservancy of Oregon – Oregon
Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards – Oakridge, Oregon (ATRA Member)
Oregon State Parks – Pacific, Oregon
Oregon Timber Trail – Oregon
Pacific Crest Trails Association – Sacramento, California
Save Mount Diablo – Walnut Creek, CA
Seattle Parks and Recreation – Seattle, Washington
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship – California
Trailkeepers of Oregon – Portland, Oregon
Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run – Auburn, California
Washington Trails Association – Seattle, Washington

Order of the Arrow Trail Crew in New Mexico

Southwest (AZ, NM, TX, OK)

Arizona Trail Association – Tucson, Arizona
New Mexico VOC – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oklahoma Trails Advisory Board – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Order of the Arrow Trail Crew – New Mexico
Sam Houston Trails Coalition – Willis, Texas
Texas Mountain Trail – Alpine, Texas
Texas State Parks – Austin, Texas
Texas Trail Tamers – Austin, Texas
The Trail Foundation – Austin, Texas

* The American Trail Running Association’s plogging program is a recipient of an ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant.

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