The first phase of the Lake Hopatcong Trail, funded from a NJ DEP Recreational Trails Grant, is taking shape in the Borough of Hopatcong and we need your help! Get outside this spring! Bring a friend! Meet new people! It should be lots of fun. To volunteer sign-up here and specify you are interested in the trails project.
To assist in creating skilled and effective trail volunteers, we will be hosting two free trail workshops in March, Trail Maintenance on March, 11 and Trail Building on March 25. Both workshops are presented by the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference and run from 10:00 am to approximately 2:00 pm (read workshop descriptions below). The first workshop, Trail Maintenance, will meet at the Hopatcong Senior Center (32 Lakeside Blvd., Hopatcong). To register, simply send an email to email@example.com with the date(s) you are interested in.
March 11th – Intro to Trail Maintenance (10am-2pm)
Meet at the Hopatcong Senior Center – 32 Lakeside Blvd., Hopatcong (map)
Ever wonder how hiking trails stay open and passable? Where those colored marks on the trees come from? Take this workshop and find out! This course will teach all the skills needed to maintain trails including preparing for a work trip, cutting trail corridor, sawing larger branches, and following proper blazing techniques.
March 25th – Trail Building (10am-2pm)
location to be announced
If not properly built, a host of different impacts – particularly the natural flow of water – can erode and damage trails. This day in the field will teach about techniques like side-hilling and drain-building which help ensure that hiking trails remain in peak condition despite the challenges of erosion from nature and regular use. It will also discuss more advanced trail building techniques like turnpiking and bog-bridging to address wet areas.
There will be lots of opportunities in 2017 to work independently and in small groups to help build, blaze and maintain this local trail. When completed, the Lake Hopatcong Trail will circle the entire lake and will be approximately 40 miles long. Sign up to help out with this regional trail around beautiful Lake Hopatcong. We look forward to working with you!