With over 12 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails on Roaring Run Watershed Association property we rely on the help of volunteers and trail users to maintain them throughout the year.


The trails we have in place so far have made good use of the varied and difficult terrain which
is the reality of the RRWA property.   They highlight some of the beautiful views and natural aspects of the property and area along the Kiski River. 


We do have plans for some additional trails to make accessible the full scope of the available property to the public. However, future trails depend upon us demonstrating that we can keep the trails that we have created, well maintained and usable.  Challenges included downed trees, wash-outs and of course the biggest obstacle,  the “knotweed”, which can overwhelm the trails and make them less enjoyable from late Spring to Fall. 

 

Adopt A Trail

  1. BulletWhat:  There are approximately 20 named trail sections to adopt on the hiking & biking trails.  The reason we defined these is for individuals or groups to adopt one or more branches of the trail to assist with ongoing maintenance. Your name or company name will also be posted on the section signs as adopters, once you have completed the on-line form “Adopt a Trail”, and Jay Martin reviews your first trail maintenance day’s work. 

  2. BulletHOW:  This adoption entails a simple commitment to do a monthly, or more often, walk through of your adopted section(s), clearing any downed trees, branches, loose rocks and pruning back vegetation, etc.  Rule of thumb, if you can reach out and touch it, cut it back as far and low as possible and remove them from the trail surface.   Most importantly however, is cutting the knotweed as far back as possible.  Any improvements to water drainage would also be a plus.  If there would be a downed tree too large to move, contact Jay Martin for help removing it.

  3. BulletWITH:  For those of you interested in volunteering, we have found the best way to battle the knotweed is to keep it cut back from the trail surface. 
    If possible, cut it back five or six feet from the trail, otherwise when it grows to six or eight feet it will droop over, blocking the trail.  We ask that you take the time to remove the cuttings from the trail surface.  The included picture illustrates some recommended tools for clearing trails.
 

You may notice that some of the blue blazed hiking and mountain biking loops have been marked with wooden named section signs.  Not only will this help you remember your favorite sections, and give you named reference points when talking about the trail with your friends, but it also provides a means for our “Adopt a Trail” program (see side bar left).


While we welcome your input on trail modifications, it is imperative that you do not make any changes to the trail routing, or add any “stunts” or unauthorized additions.  This may put the entire trail system in jeopardy of continued support by the board of directors who ultimately determine how much trail development is permitted. 


We encourage you help in these endeavors so that the environs of the RRWA property continue to be enjoyed by all.  If everyone does just a little, we all benefit quite a lot, and together we make a difference.


Furthermore, if you use the trails for your enjoyment, whether hiking or mountain biking, we suggest that you join the Association, if you haven’t already, as this non-profit organization depends financially in a large part on your continued donations and support to carry on its good work.