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August 2021

Letchworth State Park – Volunteer Vacations 2021

August 1 - August 7
Letchworth State Park, 6111 Visitor Center Rd, Mt. Morris, New York 14510 United States + Google Map
4 spots available Register

The Letchworth Branch Trail of the Finger Lakes Trail System is a 27 mile long pathway along the Genesee River as it passes through the Letchworth Gorge. This trail is heavily used by hikers, runners, and visitors to the area as it traverses several overlooks of the gorge and its three waterfalls. Much of the trail work will be drainage work, reroutes and elevating the trail in the most heavily used sections of the trail system. Parts of the trail…

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Mount Mitchell State Park – Volunteer Vacations 2021

August 1 - August 7
Mount Mitchell State Park, 2388 NC 128, Burnsville, North Carolina 28714 United States + Google Map
3 spots available Register

Volunteers will be rehabilitating the most popular trails in the park. The Balsam Nature Trail is near the summit of the highest peak East of the Mississippi. Volunteers will perform tread work including side-hilling, building new steps and waterbars and other water diversion structures. Some rock work will be involved. Tools will be provided including hazel hoes, Pulaskis, rock tools, etc. We will also provide safety equipment and detailed instruction in the safe use of these tools. Volunteers will enjoy…

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Appalachian Trail, Maine – Volunteer Vacations 2021

August 8 - August 14
Appalachian Trail, 62 Kennett Drive, Andover, ME 04216 United States + Google Map
2 spots available Register

Help protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and enjoy the rugged beauty of Maine! On this project, we will monitor and maintain the boundaries of the land preserved for the Trail. This public land is the backbone of the largest natural corridor that remains east of the Mississippi River, creating a haven and migration path for humans and animals alike. Maintaining the boundaries of this land helps to protect it from encroachments such as motorized vehicles and timber theft. Using a…

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Sheep Mountain – Volunteer Vacations 2021

August 15 - August 21
Bighorn Basin, 1002 Blackburn St., Cody, Wyoming 82414 + Google Map
2 spots available Register

Sheep Mountain Trail is a non-motorized trail that winds up an impressive box canyon to the top of Sheep Mountain. The trail is a popular destination due to its desirable settings and close proximity to both Buffalo Bill State Park and US Hwy 14, which connects Cody to Yellowstone National Park. The trail starts at 5650 ft. elevation. After 2 miles, at 6900 ft. elevation, visitors can find an old historic cabin. This marks the end of the designated trail.…

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Pike National Forest – Volunteer Vacations 2021

August 15 - August 21
Pike National Forest, 56052 US Hwy 285, Shawnee, Colorado 80475 + Google Map
2 spots available Register

There are 2 trails in the same area which are located on the Forest Service’s AG Ranch which was the home of the Rocky Mt. Regional Specially Pack String from 1990 to 2018. The Brookside AG & the Ben Tyler trails lead into the Lost Creek Wilderness. There are 2 sections of the Brookside AG that are missing through the ranch which have been started but are not yet complete so this work would be trail construction. The existing sections…

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September 2021

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – Volunteer Vacations 2021

September 12 - September 18
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 2020 W. Hwy 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604 United States + Google Map
2 spots available Register

Volunteers will help maintain sections of the Border Route Trail / North Country National Scenic Trail (BRT for short) that are in need of basic maintenance work. This entails using hand tools to remove blowdowns and clear brush from the trail corridor. We will be working on about a roughly 5-mile stretch of the BRT within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the worksite will be remote. The most difficult tasks will be 1) portaging on the way in/out…

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Hocking Hill State Park – Volunteer Vacations 2021

September 19 - September 25
Hocking Hill State Park, 13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149 + Google Map
3 spots available Register

Join us during the peak of fall foliage in Ohio’s Hocking Hills to relocate the Buckeye Trail off of roads and into Hocking State Forest, Sheick, and Little Rocky Hollow State Nature Preserves! Our project consists of new trail construction, re-benching the trail tread, heavy trail maintenance, and vegetation management. Come and leave your mark on one of the most beautiful places our state has to offer! CURRENT COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS/REQUIREMENTS FOR STATE (Link)

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Mark Twain National Forest – Volunteer Vacations 2021

September 26 - October 2
Mark Twain National Forest, Greer Mill, Alton, Missouri 65606 + Google Map
4 spots available Register

The crew will help construct a brand new hiking trail from Greer Spring Trailhead to the historic Greer Mill. Volunteers will be trained on proper trail tread construction techniques. The trail will be flagged out in advance. The trailhead also provides access to Greer Spring -- the largest spring on national forest system land. The area is exceptionally beautiful with tall hardwood forests, crystal clear rivers and springs and tons of unique history. If the project is completed early, priority…

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October 2021

Hungry Mother State Park – Volunteer Vacations 2021

October 3 - October 9
Hungry Mother State Park, 2854 Park Boulevard, Marion, Virginia 24354 United States + Google Map
1 spots available Register

Raider's Run Trail was historically used as a horseback riding trail and has been turned into a hiking/biking trail. Many sections of the trail need to be re-routed to make it more user friendly and sustainable. The trail will be bench cut on moderately steep slopes but will be laid out sustainably with water diversion features including sheet flow on the tread and out-slope and grade reversals. CURRENT COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS/REQUIREMENTS FOR STATE (Link)

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Tonto National Forest – Volunteer Vacations 2021

October 10 - October 16
Tonto National Forest – Arizona National Scenic Trail, Sunflower - Bushnell Tanks Trailhead, AZ 85263 United States + Google Map
5 spots available Register

In 2020 more than 125 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail was impacted by wildfire. The largest of the fires to impact the trail was the Bush Fire in central Arizona which consumed more than 190,000 acres and closed 40 miles of the AZT through the Four Peaks and Pine Mountain. As initial assessments have been completed it is clear that the recovery from the fire will be long and will require a massive effort from volunteers and paid…

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