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Did You Know...

You can get an award just for hiking. The Keystone Trails Associations offers seven different awards for hiking the trails of Pennsylvania, including an award for kids under the age of 13! Award recipients are recognized at the annual KTA fall meeting. Interested? Click here to learn more.

 



 

 

Welcome to Keystone Trails Association, the statewide voice of Pennsylvania’s hikers!

OUR MISSION: To provide, preserve, protect and promote recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania.


 

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Morning mist at Pine Creek Gorge
Photo by Curt Weinhold
Our programs:

Trail Advocacy
  • We support measures that protect our hiking trails.
  • We oppose illegal ATV encroachment on public lands.
  • We oppose Sunday hunting.

Trail Protection

  • We train and support volunteers to work with land owners and land managers to secure more permanent access to hiking trails.

Trail Care

  • Each year we organize a minimum of nine trail care weekends, four week-long trail crews and three Code Orange one day events to build and maintain hiking trails in Pennsylvania.
  • Our Trail Care and Trail Crew volunteers contribute 3000 – 4000 hours of trail labor annually.
  • We provide training workshops on chainsaw safety, trail erosion control, rock work and wilderness first aid.

Local Club Trail Support

  • Our member clubs contribute another 20,000 - 30,000 hours of volunteer labor building and maintaining trails.
  • KTA provides grants to local clubs to fund the purchase of tools, equipment and materials.

Promotion of Hiking Trails and Hiking Opportunities

  • With DCNR, we co-sponsor Pennsylvania Hiking Week
  • We organize the Prowl the Sproul hiking weekend and full hiking programs at our spring and fall meetings.
  • We publish Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, the PA Appalachian Trail Guide, and other maps and guides

To learn more about upcoming events, see our most recent advocacy alerts, and share your photographs, hiking stories, trail news, and more with other Pennsylvania hikers, meet us on Meetup, find KTA on Google+ and "LIKE" Keystone Trails Association on Facebook!

 

 

 

Trail News

KTA SPRING HIKING WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS BERKS COUNTY TRAILS


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100-MILE PROFILE: DENISE ERICH

by Sue-Ann Roades
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HIKING IN THE POLAR VORTEX

by Dan Glass, KTA Representative, Standing Stone Trail Club
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A-100 HIKING CHALLENGE


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OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA

by Joyce Appel, Butler Outdoor Club, KTA Representative-at-Large
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TRAIL CARE TOM

by Wanda Shirk, President, KTA Board of Directors
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IN MEMORIAM: THOMAS T. THWAITES, 1931-2014

Reprinted with permission from the special memorial edition of the Mid State Trail Association’s Brushwhacker.
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MAKING PROMISES TO DO NOTHING BUT

by Eric Fies, Leave No Trace Master Educator
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THE PASSING OF A KTA STALWART: GEORGE SPRING

By Maurice Forrester, KTA Life Member
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CONSERVATION COMMUNITY MEETS WITH NEW CABINET

By Jim Foster, Secretary, KTA Board of Directors
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