White Mountain Trail Collective

Protect the Trails, Preserve the Legacy

Throughout the 140-year history of trail stewardship, self-organized and self-funded trail clubs effectively maintained “their” trails. Over time many organizations have developed a strong sense of history, culture, and trail stewardship that are tied to specific places within the White Mountains region. This sense of connection to place and history has resulted in a rich and deeply-rooted tradition of trail stewardship throughout the region.  Explore the rich history of these historic trail clubs here.

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There are currently over 1,400 miles of non-motorized trails in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire and Maine. This network provides important outdoor recreation opportunities for over 6 million people annually and is an essential part of the region’s identity and tourism based economy. A wide diversity of partners diligently strives to maintain these trails for public benefit while also prioritizing natural resources protection. Trail maintainers vary in capacity and structure from governmental agencies and large non-profits to smaller non-profits and individual trail volunteers. Throughout the 140-year history of trail stewardship (of which the Forest Service is a relative newcomer), self-organized and self-funded trail clubs effectively maintained “their” trails. Over time many organizations have developed a strong sense of history, culture, and way of doing things that is tied to specific places within the White Mountains region. This sense of connection to place and history resulted in a rich and deeply rooted tradition of trail stewardship throughout the region. This is a partial list of trails in the region and the club that maintains them. In many cases, trails are maintained by individual trail adopters supervised by the clubs or the United States Forest Service. The next time you hike one of these trails, with branches trimmed back so they’re not whacking you in the face and drainage cleared so heavy rain does not destroy them, you can probably thank a volunteer for the positive experience.

 Index of Clubs and Trails - Click Here

Map of Volunteer Maintainer Clubs Across the Region

 

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