Allegheny Outdoor Club
In 2019 the Allegheny Outdoor Club (AOC) became a partner in a project to restore the Penny Run Trail at Chapman State Park (CSP) to a more desirable hiking and cross-country skiing trail. Water run-off and flooded streams have ravaged the hillside trail over many years, necessitating extensive restoration work on the trail and on the walkways over streams. This 1.4-mile trail begins and ends just a couple hundred yards apart off the main CSP road to the campgrounds, however roughly half is located on national forest property and half on state park property. A $15,000 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR) grant was received in early 2023 for the project, but additional funds are projected to be needed for its completion. Primary partners are the PADCNR, the USDA- Forest Service, Bradford Ranger District, and Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council. The AOC and others are involved financially. A state-sponsored work crew is tentatively scheduled to begin work in August, replacing culverts, constructing or replacing bridges, improving trail surfaces, and improving drainage in general.
The AOC relies on dues, and donations and Warren Gives participates to help fund its share of projects similar to the Penn Run Trail project. Your donation to the AOC through Warren Gives will be parlayed into an even larger amount for trail work. One aspect specific to Penny Run would be the placing of an interpretive sign related to the history of the CSP area.
In its 55th year of active participation in non-motorized recreational activities in the surrounding forests, including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and kayaking, the AOC welcomes and is appreciative of your Warren Gives donation.
Contact: Linda Ross