In addition to its primary mission of working with local communities to ensure that increased wilderness protection is a priority of the stewardship of the Allegheny National Forest, Friends of Allegheny Wilderness (FAW) over the years has also made significant volunteer investments in the stewardship of the Hickory Creek Wilderness trail, ecological restoration of sites within the Hickory Creek Wilderness, and removal of refuse from the Allegheny Islands Wilderness.
The next major wilderness stewardship project will be a trail maintenance weekend along the 12-mile Hickory Creek Wilderness trail on the weekend of November 4th, 5th, and 6th. We will be leaving from the Hickory Creek Wilderness trailhead on Hearts Content Road Friday evening, Nov. 4, spending two nights in the wilderness, and hiking out on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Minimum tools such as axes and elbow grease are all we will use to remove woody debris and cut back brush from the trail, in order to help perpetuate the rustic wilderness character of the trail. And of course, no power tools such as chainsaws are permitted in wilderness, so there will be no specialized training needed in that regard. Participants will need to bring all of their own camping equipment, and come prepared for the weather conditions.
This is a great, rewarding way to intimately experience the natural beauty of the Hickory Creek Wilderness first-hand! The wildly popular Hickory Creek Wilderness is a tremendous draw for outdoor recreation enthusiasts from throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, and a wonderful asset to the tourism economy of Warren County, which we know will always be around for future generations to use and enjoy. Here's your chance to give back.
Contact FAW to register for this trail maintenance weekend, or with any questions at 723-0620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.