Earn Your Dirt

Whether you’re seeking trail-work volunteer hours for your next big ultramarathon or simply looking to give back to the places where you love to play, all of us who use and value the trails – whether we run, walk or ride – have a responsibility to “earn our dirt” and take care of our trails. From building new trails to repairing damaged trails, to picking up trash and advocating to our local governments about the importance of preserving our parks and reservations from development, we can all do something.

Fortunately, here in New England we have all sorts of opportunities to get involved. This list is far from comprehensive, but it includes numerous local organizations where trail-runners join their fellow trail-users in doing trail work. If you know of an organization that should be added to the list, please send a link to editor@massultra.com and I’ll add it. There’s always work to be done on our trails, and we can all do something.

Looking to do trail work? The following organizations are just a few in New England that allow you to “earn your dirt” through trail work:

New England-wide Trail Work Organizations

Appalachian Mountain Club

New England Mountain Bike Association

Sinuosity, LLC

SnowHawk, LLC

Trailwrights, Inc.

Massachusetts Trail Work Organizations

Dartmouth National Resource Trust

Essex County Greenbelt

Essex County Trail Association

Friends of the Blue Hills

Friends of the Middlesex Fells

Friends of North Andover Trails

Friends of Upton State Forest

Friends of the Wapack

Friends of Whitehall

Hilltown Land Trust

Hopkinton Area Land Trust

Hopkinton Trails Club

Mass Audubon

Student Conservation Association-Massachusetts Corps

The Trustees

Waltham Land Trust

Volunteers in the Parks-DCR

Connecticut Trail Work Organizations

Connecticut Forest and Park Association

Winding Trails

Maine Trail Work Organizations

Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Maine Trail Crew

Maine Conservation Corps

Trail Monster Running

Waldo County Trails Coalition

New Hampshire Trail Work Organizations

Belknap County Conservation District

Belknap Range Trail Tenders

Chocorua Mountain Club

Comprehensive Trail Services

Dartmouth Outdoors

Friends of the Wapack

Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club

Natural Groupie

Newfound Lake Region Association

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Squam Lakes Association

Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway

The Cohos Trail Association

Upper Valley Trails Alliance

White Mountain National Forest

Rhode Island Trail Work Organizations


Vermont Trail Work Organizations

Appalachian Trail Conservancy/Vermont Long Trail Patrol

Catamount Trail Association

Cross Vermont Trail Association

Green Mountain Club

Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests

Upper Valley Trails Alliance


*This page was last updated June 10, 2019.

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