Devon on Jones Hill, 2018
“On the hike in, the only thing on my mind was getting to camp. The idea of putting my pack down and letting my feet rest felt like a dream. We trudged through the bugs and sweltering heat with the most awkwardly shaped packs strapped to our backs. But as much of a struggle as it was, it was most definitely worth it . . . This campsite was incredible. The shore of the lake was less than twenty feet from the lean-to, and the view of the lake was stunning . . .
Knowing how far from everything I was and being disconnected gave me the freedom to enjoy the sights and smells of the pure forest air even more. This program really helped me to appreciate nature and the simple things in life. Five days without any connection to the outside world changed my perspective on my life. I learned so much about how important it is to appreciate the many things we consider “routine.’’’
Many of the trails you have experienced in the NYS Forest Preserve have been impacted by ADK trail crews. Over the decades, countless bog bridges, ladders, and retaining walls have been constructed by the Pro Crew and volunteers, improving your safety and comfort. Last year alone, ADK crews patrolled 121 trail miles, installed 265 rock steps, and built 137 feet of stream-span bridges. And those numbers don’t include the additional work of ADK’s regional chapters.
Well-designed, maintained trails safeguard natural resources, reduce erosion, and ensure hiker safety. ADK has proudly been at the forefront of this ongoing effort, thanks to the support of caring people like you.
Please help sustain trails, protect wild lands, and foster stewardship with your gift to ADK. Thank you.
Executive Director and Counsel
P.S. The careful stewardship of our beloved wild places depends upon you. Please support ADK’s boots-on-the-ground actions with your tax-deductible donation.