Category Archives: Trail U

How to Build a Sturdy Dry Stone Trail Structure Using Stones That You Find Right on the Trail

The techniques used in building dry stone walls can be applied during the construction of a number of trail features, including water bars, steps, armoring, and crib walls. By guest blogger Peter Welch, president of The Stone Trust. Illustrations by … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for April & May Dry Stone Wall Workshop Weekends at Trail Conference HQ

Registration is now open for the two freestanding dry stone wall workshops scheduled to take place April 15-17 and May 28-30 at Trail Conference Headquarters in Mahwah, N.J. The purpose of these workshops is to construct a dry stone wall along the front of … Continue reading

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Trail Blazing at Mills-Norrie State Park Continues this Spring

By Georgette Weir, Volunteer Trail Supervisor Volunteers from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference have been out reblazing trails at Mills-Norrie State Park in a project that began this past winter and, as of mid-March, was expected to be completed … Continue reading

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Ask a Trail Builder: Understanding Grade Reversals

By Erik Mickelson, Field Manager The trail I maintain has issues with water channeling down the tread. What can be done to fix this? It sounds like your trail has a lack of grade reversals. A “grade reversal” is not … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for April 15-17 Dry Stone Wall Workshop at Trail Conference Headquarters

Registration is now open for the first of two freestanding dry stone wall workshop weekends scheduled to take place at Trail Conference Headquarters in Mahwah, N.J, this spring. These workshops, held in partnership with The Stone Trust from Dummerston, Vt., will take place at our new … Continue reading

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SUEZ Water North Jersey Volunteers Are Committed to Building and Protecting Trails

Many thanks to SUEZ Water North Jersey for doing their part in helping the Trail Conference create, protect, and promote 2,100 miles of public trails. Check out our video that showcases our partnership with ny/nj trail conference Posted by SUEZ Water North … Continue reading

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Ask a Trail Builder: What’s Up With All the Hammers?

By Ama Koenigshof, Trail Builder and Educator Why all the hammers?  Do you really need them to build trails? Hammers are an essential tool in trail construction, especially when dry stone masonry is involved. But the variety can be overwhelming. Hammers … Continue reading

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