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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.


 

REGISTER FOR A HIKING EVENT WITH US:

 

Registration is Open for the 9th Annual KTA Trail Challenge! 9/9/17

 

Save the Date: April 7-9, 2017 Spring Hiking & Meeting Weekend, Ligonier, Westmoreland County

 

Plan to hike 100 miles this year?

Try Our 100-Mile Trail Challenge

 

Kids Trail Ambassador Program

 

What is a KTA Hiking Weekend?

 




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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!

 

More Ways to Help Pennsylvania's Hiking Trails:

 

 

 

Trail News

BLACK MOSHANNON “FLASH CREW” SHINES

by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
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TRAIL CARE REPORT: QUEHANNA TRAIL

by Ben Auer
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BUCKTAIL PATH REROUTE COMPLETED

by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
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TRAIL CARE 2017: NEW TRAILS ON THE SCHEDULE

 by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
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FEED THE CREW: COOKS NEEDED

 by Ed Lawrence, KTA Trail Care Chair
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3 SPACES LEFT FOR KTA ICELAND TRIP

 by Paul Shaw, President, KTA Board of Directors, co-founder, Treks and Trail International, Inc. 
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FIRE TOWER TRAIL: HICKORY RUN STATE PARK

by Gerry Rowan
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HOLIDAY RECIPES

 by Gerry Rowan
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CUMBERLAND CONSERVATION COLLABORATIVE

 The Cumberland Conservation Collaborative presented this letter (below) to the County Commissioners in Carlisle on November 3, 2016, with Keystone Trails Association among many groups there to...
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Letter to the Editor: George Alderson

 by George Alderson
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