The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference‘s Catskills Trail Crew began this past Saturday (August 10, 2014) building a new interpretive hiking trail as part of the development and construction of the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper along Route 28.
On this trip the crew cleared the trail route so on future trips, the crew can dive right into the construction of this trail. Future work will include side-hilling, crib wall construction, stone step construction and the construction of a bridge.
The trail will leave the north side of the field where the Interpretive Center will be built, cross a small stream and then begin ascending a roughly 300 foot bluff. At the top of this bluff will be a cleared picnic area, which will also host a fire tower and a replica observers cabin as part of the Interpretive Center. The entire trail will be just over a half a mile in length, but will require construction throughout most of its length.
This work trip was the first in a series of workshops and work trips that will be held at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper by the Trail Conference and by the Catskill Conservation Corps. Future workshops and work trips will be held to finish building the interpretive hiking trail and teach skills related to the trail and bridge construction that will be required. Once finished, the trail will become part of the Catskill Interpretive Center and be open to the public. The Trail Conference expects that the trail will be complete and ready for hiking in the Spring of 2015.
The Trail Conference’s Trail Crew will next be working on the site on Sunday, August 24, 2014. If you’re interested in helping, the public is welcome to join the crew and you do not need to be a member of the Trail Conference to take part. No experience is necessary, as the Trail Conference will provide the tools and the training on site before you get started.
Do you want to sign up to get involved with Trail Crews in the Catskills? Complete our Volunteer Form and be sure to indicate that you are interested in Trail Crews!