Trail Maintenance (TM)

While all volunteer efforts for Monocacy Hill are important and appreciated, the most often required and physically demanding are those related to park and trail maintenance.  Along with the Geiger Road parking and picnic areas, there are a total of about 6 miles of forested hiking trails on Monocacy Hill.  Amity Township has certainly done it’s share over time to maintain the park, but the majority of the maintenance work on the trails is done by the trail maintenance volunteers of the Monocacy Hill Conservation Association (TM-MHCA).  In conjunction with Amity Township, over time, the TM-MHCA volunteers have created trails, moved trails, drained standing water from trails and cut and cleared spots where trees (some huge!) have fallen blocking access.  We have also planted trees, removed vines and invasive trees and plant species and currently have developed and maintain a pollinator field for native wildflowers that has been designated as a “Monarch [butterfly] Waystation”! 

Before and after photos of our most recent project – Restoring Lower Trail – appears below.  To see more Trail Improvement Projects, click here.

Before Trail Restoration
Before Trail Restoration
After restoration
After restoration
Trail Maintenance - Weekend Work
Watering in August
Volunteers creating a bridge
Trees often fall across the trails and need to be removed

There’s always plenty of work to be done at the Hill!  If you would like to join our group of volunteers, click here to complete a very brief questionnaire.  We will then contact you regarding when and where MHCA maintenance projects take place.