2021 Work Weekends:

Cold River Camp May 29-31
June 4-6
September 10-12

2021 USFS Skills Day:

Saco Ranger District
Saco Road
Conway, NH
Please RSVP:
Cristin Bailey:

2021 Trail Work weekends are back!

Chatham Trails Association is happy to announce that we will resume our trail maintenance work weekends in 2021. We have scheduled the following weekends:

  • May 29-31
  • June 4-6
  • September 10-12

As usual all weekends will be run out of Cold River Camp in Chatham NH. As the safety of volunteers is our first priority, we will be following COVID-19 protocols issued by AMC while in camp and those by the USFS while out on the trails. Due to limitations on number of volunteers in camp, we will require all volunteers to pre-register. More instruction on how to pre-register as well as detailed information on our work weekends will published on this site around May 1st.

Trail Maintenance Update
As the Covid pandemic has forces us to cancel all CTA work weekends scheduled for 2020, The White Mountain National Forest recently has cleared Trail Adopters and Partners to work on the trails. We are now able to get out and patrol the 40+ miles of trails that CTA maintains. If interested in this opportunity please visit the FORMS section of our website and review the two documents titled "Volunteer patrols" and "volunteer safety guide" for details and instructions if you wish further information. Thanks in advance and safe travels!

The mission of the CTA is to support and maintain safe use and stewardship of the Evans Notch region of New Hampshire and Maine, through preservation and maintenance of trails and other recreational and natural resources, and through participation in related educational activities.

In 1922 a group of Cold River Camp volunteers formed CTA to improve hiking in Evans Notch and make Cold River Camp a premier hiking destination. In the early years before the National Forest had a trail system, the "trailbuilders" set out to create new routes and build new trails so hikers could enjoy scenic and interesting areas. As the trail system was established, the efforts of CTA turned to protecting the trails and "the preservation and proper use of the scenic beauty spots and places of historic interest." Beginning in 1984 CTA led efforts to protect the Circle Trail. The project included creation of a parking area and the purchase of a trail corridor across private land. CTA worked with landowners and led fundraising efforts that resulted in permanent trail access.

The volunteers of CTA continue that tradition with stewardship. Our stewardship of nearly 40 miles of trails on National Forest and private land in Evans Notch includes regular maintenance of the trails and larger projects to improve trail features.