The Allegheny Outdoor Club began in 1939 as a Warren County hiking club; It disbanded during World War II, but was restarted in 1968 as an outdoor club. The AOC has been active in building and maintaining hiking trails in Warren County, as well as leading weekly hikes, bike rides, river floats, and cross-country skiing. In 2008 the AOC was inducted into the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame.
A long-time trail advocate, the Allegheny Outdoor Club (AOC) looks to continue its work on area hiking and XC-skiing trails in 2021 with various projects, including a planned upgrade of the Penny Run Trail at Chapman State Park. A coalition of the USDA-Forest Service, Pennsylvania DCNR, Penn Soil RC & D, and the AOC seeks to reduce maintenance on this wet trail – it has 11 bridges in 1.4 miles – with culverts, water bars and other remedial tactics. No re-routes are anticipated at this stage of planning.
The AOC relies on dues, donations and Warren Gives participation to help fund its share of projects similar to the Penny Run Trail project. Funding provides for tools, materials and supplies, and signage.
The club has received a number of grants from the Community Foundation of Warren County for recreation projects.
The AOC is in its 53rd year of active participation in non-motorized recreational activities in the surrounding forests, including hiking, biking, XC-skiing and kayaking. Membership is open to all, and new members are always welcome. Dues are minimal.
Contact: Linda Ross