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Lorain Stonycreek Hiking Trails, PA – Volunteer Vacations 2023

October 15 @ 5:00 pm - October 21 @ 10:00 am

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What started as two historic trails has been built up to 10 paths on the Lorain Borough-owned hillside by residents interested in creating a community asset. The Lorain/Stonycreek Hiking Trails are a magical place. With over ten miles of trails there is something for everyone!

On this project, Volunteers will build an upper campsite for for hikers, to accompany the lower campsite that already exists down the trail. The area is completely wooded and needs cleared and leveled out for individual, primitive camping. Volunteers will also assist with some bridge projects to allow access across some of the marshy areas with run off issues.

The distance to the work site is 1/2 mile with around 350 feet of elevation gain. The morning walk will be a fun challenge. The walk back to camp after the work is done will be fun!

There is no experience needed to join a Volunteer Vacation! Your expert hosts will provide detailed instruction, tool demonstrations, and project oversight throughout the week. All you need is a willing attitude and to be in good physical condition to participate in moderate physical activity for approximately 6-8 hours a day with plenty of breaks, at your own pace. Find out more about what itโ€™s like to join a Volunteer Vacation and other frequently asked questions here.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the ๐“๐’ฐ๐““๐’ฐ๐““๐’ท ๐’ผ๐“‚๐“Š๐’ป ๐“†๐’ป๐’ฟ๐’ท ๐“€๐’ฐ^๐““๐’ฐ^(Osage) and Monongahela Culture peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, their deep and sacred connection to these lands, and those who continue to steward these lands today. We offer this land acknowledgement as the first of many steps to stand as an ally and amplify Indigenous voices. We invite the American Hiking Society community to join us through continued efforts to support Indigenous communities and learn more about the history of the lands on which we live, work and recreate.

Host

Lorain/Stonycreek Hiking Trails

Accommodations

Car Camping Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 1 mile each work day.

Project Rating

Moderate

Minimum Volunteer Age

16

Maximum Group Size

10

Area and Attractions

The trail system is a beautiful, hidden gem in a rural area, with close access to all of the towns amenities! There is a 15 foot waterfall which can be climbed and explored on top. Sam's run is unique in that it has slot canyon characteristics. It's a great hike with an ever changing terrain that requires waterproof hiking shoes. There are 3 scenic overlooks that are within the trail borders. One of which you can see is the Conemaugh Gap and the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. We have Geocaching in our trail system and we also have Land Navigation points set throughout the Trails. Tons of wildlife roam our Trails. Deer, fox, squirrels and beautiful birds of prey just to name a few. There are local restaurants within 15 minutes of the Trails as well as easy access to local stores. It's a great little area, with spectacular fall foliage. You will not be disappointed!

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay in primitive campsites with easy car accessibility. There are bathrooms with hot water and options to be under pavilions during inclement weather. The campsites have fire pits, a grill , and there is limited use of a kitchen area. Volunteers need to bring their own tent and personal camping gear, sleeping bag, towels, personal cup / bowl / mug / eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County Airport in Johnstown Pa is the closest major airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.

Location

Lorain Stonycreek Hiking Trails
503 Green Valley St, Johnstown, PA 15902 United States + Google Map
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