The first phase of trail construction under a matching grant from NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation ended June 26.  Work had begun on Earth Day in April, and over the next ten weeks more than sixty volunteers contributed over 550 hours.  They cleared the trail corridor, built a stone pathway around and over unanticipated and immovable bedrock, moved rocks that tested the limits of their collective strength, built a 70-foot boardwalk through John Burroughs’s former celery swamp and finished off with a 55-step stone stairway.  View the slideshow below of our volunteers at work.

Work will start up again on Saturday, September 10 and will focus on the Southern Trail and in October we’ll move on to the Ladder Trail and both the North and South Pond Trails.

Come join in the fun in the woods.  We promise good camaraderie and, of course, more rounds of trail treats.  Choose from the work schedule and sign up at


The New York New Jersey Trail Conference has just listed our project on its website and is also sending it out to its email list of 16,000 or so.  Very exciting.
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