Check out this video highlighting the Mid State Trail, Pennsylvania’s 2019 Trail of the Year. It showcases the beautiful scenery along the trail and the hard work of volunteers who maintain it.
If you have a favorite trail and think that it is the best in the state, then nominate it for 2020 Trail of the Year. The designation is coordinated by DCNR’s Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to elevate public awareness of the thousands of miles of trails available for public enjoyment in Pennsylvania.
The Trail of the Year will be recognized through a DCNR and Trails Advisory Committee news release, commemorative poster for statewide distribution, trailhead marker, and promotion on www.explorePAtrails.com. The supporting organization will receive grant funding for educational materials to promote safety and environmental protection on the trail.
Pennsylvania has thousands of miles of trails of all types to hike, ride, and paddle, just waiting to be explored at little to no cost.
Not only is hitting the trail usually free, trails also have a role to play in maintaining good health by providing walkable access to appropriate sites, encouraging physical activity that can improve health and providing safe spaces for people to play and exercise, away from busy streets and commercial zones. To recognize their many values, DCNR is celebrating trails in September!
Following two months of public review of the beta version, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association finalized its tool for finding trail groups across Pennsylvania. The map-based tool allows users to search for groups by county or identify the groups associated with a specific trail. It also allows users to search by trail type and other criteria. The tool’s purpose is to help people connect with trail groups (as contrasted with sites designed to help the public find trails to use).
If you have questions about the tool, contact Josh VanBrakle at [email protected].
In May, PALTA published a beta version of the tool and solicited feedback from users. Thanks to everyone who contributed comments and suggestions.
With the award of a project grant from REI Pittsburgh, Hollow Oak Land Trust is working to install over 400 feet of new boardwalk along the Meeks Run Trail. This boardwalk is designed to help trail users stay high and dry, while allowing the wet terrain along Meeks Run to revegetate and serve as more productive wildlife habitat.
At two recent Monday Trail Luv sessions, volunteers have built over 300 feet of boardwalk with just over 100 feet to go. For more info on getting involved in this project, please visit the Hollow Oak Facebook page or email [email protected]