Adopt a Trail

Individuals, organizations or businesses can participate in DCR’s Adopt-A-Trail Program.

Adopters can be individuals, organizations, or businesses who agree to beautify or provide regular monitoring and maintenance to a particular section of trail.  For example,  adopters could periodically hike, clear, and perform routine maintenance on hiking trails. 

Adopter programs can be effective ways to channel volunteer interest, but they require a certain level of formality and some training and monitoring. Massachusetts Adopt-A-Trail Program and Organizational Adopt-A-Trail Program are the two types of Adopt-a-Trail Program approaches offered by the DCR.

More information on these DCR trail programs can be found on the DCR Trail Guidelines and Best Practices Manual. Partnerships are discussed on pages 55 – 57 of the manual.