Do you want to help out in your national park? The Adopt-a-Trail Program is an opportunity for people of all ages to assist the staff of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in maintaining safe and well-groomed trails by joining a group that takes responsibility for one trail. Help "sweep" the trail by picking up litter, trimming branches, clearing culverts, and reporting trail conditions. On-site instruction and safety analysis is provided. Ages 10 and up with a parent/guardian; ages 16 and up can volunteer without a parent/guardian and with a parent-guardian-signed Trail Worker Volunteer Agreement.
See the schedule below for more information. Please contact the AAT Crew leaders ahead of time to inform them if you will be attending.
Summer 2016 Trail Sweep Schedule
6 Lake/Cross Country,
9 Stanford/Brandywine Gorge,
10 Furnace Run Trail,
13 Boston Run,
17 Pine Grove,
15 Tree Farm,
2 Salt Run,
3 Lake/Cross Country,
10 Boston Run,
13 Stanford/Brandywine Gorge,
14 Furnace Run,
19 Tree Farm,
21 Pine Grove,
6 Salt Run,
7 Lake/Cross Country,
10 Stanford/Brandywine Gorge,
11 Furnace Run Trail,
14 Boston Run,
16 Tree Farm,
18 Pine Grove,
Blue Hen Falls Trail Crew meets at the Blue Hen Falls overflow parking lot, 2001 Boston Mills Road, Brecksville 44141. For sweep schedule call Mike Brittain at (330) 865-0794.
Boston Run Trail Crew meets at the Happy Days Lodge North parking lot, 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), Peninsula 44264. Call Dave Herbster at (330) 666-2270.
Forest Point Trail Crew meets at the Octagon Shelter parking lot, Truxell/Kendall Park Road, 1.5 mile west of Akron-Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Joe Hooven at (216) 642-5924.
Furnace Run Trail Crew meets at the Everett Road Covered Bridge parking lot, 2370 Everett Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Kevin Tuttle at (330) 666-3822.
Haskell Run Trail Crew meets at the Happy Days Lodge parking lot, 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), Peninsula 44264. For sweep schedule call Joan Greenberg at (330) 338-6324. This trail is "kid friendly." Call Joan to schedule dates for younger scout groups.
Lake Trail/Cross Country Trail Crew meets at Kendall Lake Shelter parking lot, 1000 Truxell Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Tom DiNardo at (330) 688-1767.
Ledges Trail Crew meets at the Ledges Shelter parking lot, Truxell/Kendall Park Road, one mile west of Akron-Cleveland Road, Peninsula 44264. Contact Mike Brittain at (330) 865-0794.
Old Carriage Trail Crew meets at 714 Fieldcrest Court, Sagamore Hills 44067. For sweep schedule call Gene Wimmer at (330) 467-9593.
Pine Grove Trail Crew meets at Kendall Lake Shelter parking lot, 1000 Truxell Road, Peninsula 44264. Contact Ryan and Marsha Miles at 330-577-3685 or email@example.com
Plateau Trail Crew meets at the Oak Hill Trailhead parking lot, 3901 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula 44264. Call Dave Burgan at (330) 688-2568.
Salt Run Trail Crew meets at the Pine Hollow Trailhead parking lot, 5465 Quick Road, Peninsula 44264. Call John Cummings at (330) 688-6325. First time volunteers, please call John to register.
Stanford/Brandywine Gorge Trail Crew meets at the Boston Store Visitor Center parking lot, 1548 Boston Mills Road, Peninsula, 44264. Call Carol Lewanski at (216) 261-0307.
Tree Farm Trail Crew meets at the Horseshoe Pond parking lot, 2075 Major Road, Peninsula, 44264. Call Ryan Bollas at (330) 908-1227.
All first time volunteers must sign a Volunteer Service Agreement - Natural & Cultural Resources form. In addition, parents or guardians of youth under age 18 must sign the "Parental Consent for Volunteer Under Age 18" section of the Volunteer Service Agreement - Natural & Cultural Resources form, even if the parent or guardian accompanies the youth. Print, fill out, sign and date the form and give it to the crew leader before the trail sweep. Click here for the Volunteer Agreement form. Crew leaders will also have Volunteer Agreement forms available on the day of the sweep.
The Adopt-a-Trail Manual addresses the work accomplished in the Adopt-a-Trail program. This manual is meant to acquaint the maintainer with park procedures, duties involved in adopting a trail, and methods for safely performing those duties.
Click here for the Adopt-a-Trail Manual.
Are you interested in adopting "your own" trail?
Volunteers are needed to lead new trail sweep crews. For more information, contact your crew leader or the Volunteer Office at (330) 657-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for a group opportunity?
If you are interested in bringing a group of 5 or more people to participate in a trail sweep, please call ahead to the Volunteer Office at (330) 657-2299 or email email@example.com.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Volunteer Program is co-managed by the National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To learn about volunteer opportunities please visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2296.