Trail Steward Program

Join the Trail Steward Program and adopt your favorite trail. With the massive backlog of work needed on trails throughout the Forest Preserve, you can help keep the trails sustainable. In addition to keeping the trails open by clearing brush and cutting blowdown, you will also work to offset erosion by keeping the drainages clear.  Your annual report and regular observations are passed along to the regional DEC foresters to assist them in determining where more intensive trail projects are required. Groups are welcome.

ADK’s Trail Steward Program is supported by a Volunteer Stewardship agreement (VSA) with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

For more information and to get involved, contact Herbert Coles,, Trail Steward Coordinator, 136 Beach 117th St Ocean Grande Unit 201 (2A), Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

The following are examples of trails available for you to adopt today.

  • Ampersand Mountain
  • Bone & Rat Pond – Portages -Lake Clear Fish Hatchery
  • Catamount Mt
  • Clamshell Canoe Carry
  • Fish Pond Connector ski trail
  • Haystack (Raybrook)
  • Haystack (Saranac) jct to Jackrabbit Trail
  • Hedgehog Pond Trail
  • Hitchins Pond Overlook Trail
  • Hopkins—from the Phelps trail to the Van Hovenberg trail
  • Indian Canoe Carry
  • Indian Pass Trail – Upper Works to Cold Pass BrookTrail
  • Little Clear to St. Regis Pnd. (canoe carry)
  • Low’s Lake to Big Deer Pnd. (canoe carry)
  • McKenzie Mtn. Trail
  • Mud Pond – Rt 3
  • N-PT Averyville Rd to Peacock Brook
  • N-PT Duck Hole to Moose Pond
  • N-PT Ouluska LT to Duck Hole
  • N-PT Shattuck Clearing to Ouluska LT
  • N-PT Stephens Pond L-T to Browns Brook
  • N-PT Sucker Brook Trail Junction to West Canada Creek
  • N-PT Benson Road to West Branch Stony Creek
  • Old Farm Clearing to Puffer Pond
  • Orebed Trail
  • Phelps Trl./Slant Rock
  • Porter Mountain – From Garden to Summit
  • Saginaw Bay Canoe Carry – Middle & Upper Saranac Lakes
  • Shallow Lake
  • Shorey Shortcut
  • Springhill Ponds
  • T Lake Trail
  • Van Hoevenburg Trail – HPIC to Mt. Marcy