To help ensure the continuing legacy of trails in the Northeast, you can adopt your own trail and help give something back to the land! Adopting a trail provides an opportunity for you to be actively involved in conservation. Helping to maintain and enhance existing trails improves the resource for all to enjoy. The effort brings trail and nature enthusiasts closer to the environment and their community. Enjoy the time outdoors and personal satisfaction gained through volunteering on a conservation trail.
We need your help to preserve the unspoiled beauty of Garrett County’s State Parks, State Forests and Wildlife Management Areas. Adopt-a-Trail allows you to get involved directly by helping to monitor, maintain and even enhance trails!
When you adopt a trail, you are making sure trail users will always have a well-maintained trail to hike or walk. You will find your participation rewarding and you will see the immediate effect of your hard work. You will make a difference by ensuring that Garrett County’s 130 miles of hiking trails are always available for residents and guests to enjoy and share with family and friends.
WHO CAN ADOPT-A-TRAIL?
Volunteers assist local area staff in managing and maintaining trail systems. Activities include:
· Keeping the trail surface free of sticks, rocks and other debris
· Clearing debris from bridges, stairs, and viewing decks
· Litter clean-up
· Maintaining trail head area, bulletin board & trail signs
· Reporting vandalism, trail hazards or safety issues
HOW IT WORKS...
Volunteers are asked to visit the adopted trail or trail section at least 4 times per year (approximately once every 3 months). At your convenience, choose the days and times you would like to visit the trail. You should check with the area manager prior to your trip to inquire about hunting seasons or other activities that may be scheduled in the area. We ask that you submit a comment card to the Adopt-a-Trail Coordinator after each visit, so that we may keep track of your efforts, as well as erosion problems, downed trees, missing or damaged signs, vandalism, or other issues that cannot be handled on the day of a trail visit. The comment card can be filled out here.
The area manager will provide volunteers with information and instruction on maintaining specific trails to meet area management guidelines. Volunteers are asked to provide their own trail maintenance tools, but with prior notice we may have loaner tools available or supplies such as trash bags.
How do I get started?
If you have a specific trail you would like to adopt in mind, let us know. If the trail you choose is available for adoption, we'll get you set up right away. If you want to know which trails are available in a particular area, we can help you find the right one. Once you've chosen a trail you will be contacted by the area manager who will set a date that is convenient for you to meet and discuss the requirements and benefits of trail adoption. Simple fill out our application here and our Adopt-a-Trail Coordinator will contact you to get things started!
Additional Guidelines & Tips
- Persons participating must be at least 12 years of age or part of a supervised group (Boy Scouts, Youth groups, etc.).
- Registration/enrollment forms must be completed and turned into the park office and approved prior to trail work.
- Adoption is for a period of one year and may be renewed annually.
- Before doing any trail work, always meet and discuss the trail selection, clean up dates, and other related information with the area superintendent. He or she must be aware of your involvement and the day you are working.
- Remember to dress appropriately for trail work and use gloves, safety glasses and other protective gear when necessary. All work should take place during daylight hours and be performed with safety in mind. Do not attempt any tasks you are not comfortable with. Volunteers are not permitted to use chainsaws or have motorized equipment on the trail.