Volunteer Trail Work Opportunities

Appalachian Mountain Club: There are many volunteer opportunities listed on the AMC website, www.outdoors.org. On the home page, under “Volunteer,” click on “Trail Volunteers.” There are one day, weekend, and week-long trail work trips. Many additional work trips are organized by the individual chapters of the club – there are links to chapter websites on the main AMC site. Those who want to make a larger commitment can check out the AMC Adopt-A-Trail program, in which you take over basic maintenance responsibilities for a specific trail. This involves a minimum for three work trips per year.


Chatham Trails Association: The CTA maintains many trails in the Evans Notch area. See www.chathamtrails.org for trail information and a schedule of work trips.


Chocorua Mountain Club: The CMC sponsors volunteer work trips each spring on their trails on Mount Chocorua and Mount Paugus. At present the club does not have its own website, but information may be found at www.chocorualakeconservancy.org/category/mountain-club-cmc/


Cohos Trail Association: This volunteer group is responsible for many miles of trail in the North Country. TCTA sponsors work trips and also has an Adopt-a-Trail program; visit www.cohostrail.org


Dartmouth Outing Club: The DOC maintains trails on Mt. Moosilauke and on the A.T. south to Hanover. It has an Adopt-a-Trail program open to all, whether or not you are affiliated with Dartmouth. Visit http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/doc/ and click on “get involved.”


Randolph Mountain Club: The RMC runs several volunteer work trips each year on the Northern Presidentials and Crescent Range. For trip schedule go to www.randolphmountainclub.org and click on “About the RMC,” then “Event Schedule.”


Shelburne Trails Club: The STC conducts volunteer work trips on its trails in the Shelburne area. The trips are publicized on the club’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ShelburneTrailsClub.


Squam Lakes Association: The SLA maintains trails around Squam Lake and in the western Sandwich Range. They have an Adopt-a-Trail program; visit www.squamlakes.org and click on “Volunteer.”


Trailwrights: This volunteer trail maintenance organization works on major projects throughout New Hampshire, often in partnership with other clubs. For a schedule of trips visit www.trailwrights.org and click on “Calendar.”


Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association: The WVAIA runs several volunteer work trips each year on Waterville Valley trails and is in the process of establishing an Adopt-a-Trail program. Visit www.wvaia.org and click on “Activities” and then “Trail Work.”


Wonalancet Out Door Club: The WODC tends to the trails in the Sandwich Range and organizes several work trips each year. The club also has its own Adopt-A-Trail program. Visit www.wodc.org  and click on “Trail Tending.”


White Mountain National Forest: The WMNF has its own Adopt-A-Trail program, which is managed from the individual ranger district offices (Pemigewasset, Saco and Androscoggin). Visit www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain and click on “Working Together.”


The following clubs and organizations welcome trail volunteers in New Hampshire outside the White Mountains:

Belknap Range Trail Tenders: www.belknaprangetrailtenders.org

Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club: www.msgtc.org.

Friends of the Wapack:  www.wapack.org

Lakes Region Conservation Trust: www.lrct.org

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition: www.srkg.com


And for even more opportunities to learn skills, protect nature, and improve recreational infrastructure, visit The Stewardship Network, New England for an ever changing schedule of events, from organizations around New England, looking for volunteers. http://newengland.stewardshipnetwork.org

Various other groups do trail work in the other New England states, New York and beyond. Wherever you live and hike, we encourage you to get out there and lend a hand!



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