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.
The Allegheny Outdoor Club (AOC), partnering with Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC & D) and the Tionesta Snowmobile Club, this past year has been involved in a restoration project on the first 1,000 feet of the North Country Trail (NCT) Connector, a stretch that was damaged by unauthorized truck traffic two winters ago. The Connector joins Chapman State Park and the NCT near Dunham Siding, a six-mile long former railroad grade
Funds for the project have been provided by the AOC, the Allegheny National Forest NCT chapter, United Refining Company, National Fuel Gas Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Warren County. And, just recently, Penn Soil RC & D received a $15,000 Greenways Block grant for the project from the Northwest Commission. Preliminary ditching work was completed last Fall. The project, which includes resurfacing of approximately 500 feet and improving drainage, should be completed in 2020.
The NCT Connector is used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and trail-running. It is also used extensively by fishermen and hunters, and, during Winterfest, by dog sleds.
Contact: Linda Ross