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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.


 

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN:

 

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! TREK THE TIADAGHTON HIKING WEEKEND - May 13-15

 

Only 1 Spot Left!

ALLEGHENY FRONT TRAIL SLACKPACK - JUNE 5-9, 2016

 

 

KTA TRAIL CHALLENGE - SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

(formerly the Susquehanna Super Hike and Ultra Trail Run)

 

 

100-MILE TRAIL CHALLENGE

 

KIDS TRAIL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

 

 

We moved! KTA's office and mailing address is 46 E Main St, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 - our new phone number is 717.766.9690.

 

 

 




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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! For more information, call us at 717-766-9690 or email us today!

 

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Trail News

WHIPPLE DAM CODE ORANGE UPDATE

by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
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KEYSTONE TRAILS ASSOCIATION EVENTS CALENDAR: CLUBS INCLUDED!

compiled by Sara Haxby, KTA Program Administrator (If you represent a member club and would like your event posted here or on our Facebook page, please email me about it at...
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JEFF'S JAUNTS: LEHIGH GORGE - TANK HOLLOW VISTA AND STONY CREEK

 by Jeff Mitchell, KTA Board of Directors
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EDITORIALS IN THE MAY 2016 KEYSTONE HIKER

Ed Lawrence's Letter to the Editor: Trail Care Joe Neville, and others, Oppose Lankford Land and Water Conservation Fund Amendment that Would Restrict Conservation of Our National Parks,...
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2016 APPALACHIAN TRAIL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

by Jim Foster, Secretary, KTA Board of Directors
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DEDICATION OF STANDING STONE TRAIL AS TRAIL OF THE YEAR

 by Jim Foster, Secretary, KTA Board of Directors
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TRAIL CARE LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
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A TRAIL CARE QUARTET

by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
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PREVIEW HIKES SCHEDULED FOR KTA TRAIL CHALLENGE

 by Sara Haxby, KTA Program Administrator
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