Wampum Chapter June Trail Work Report

by wam_chapter on June 20, 2017

June is always a busy, heavy-duty trail maintaining month on the North Country Trail in Wampum territory and our individual maintainers and trail crew have put much time into keeping our pathway clear of weeds, high grass, and blowdowns.  Everyone involved has done a great job of keeping our trail sections in good shape for our hikers and the effort is appreciated!  The trailheads and parking areas at Cemex have never looked better in June, and difficult-to-keep-open trail sections on the 4 Bee’s property, Cemex, the River Walk in Darlington up to Seceder Cemetery, the Kirkwood Farm, the Dismukes property, Watt’s Mill, and the First Energy/McGaffick/Crawford section are looking good this year due to the efforts of our volunteers.  A big thank you goes to Sister Lyn for coordinating the effort.

There were some repair issues to contend with over the past month with two of the chapter’s DR mowers, but those have been resolved thanks to Dennis Garrett and Matt Williams, and both of the mowers (in addition to Sher Eiler’s) have since been in action, mowing our NCT sections at Game Lands 285 on Booth Hill and on the state line parking lot access trail, at the Edwards Farm, and at Game Lands 148 where the mile and a half from Possum Hollow road eastward to the Mines and Meadows border was cleared.

The trail crew was out at Cemex, mowing and pruning the trail from Tony Dytko Rd. to the railroad tracks, and also worked through the Mines and Meadows section from the campground over to Game Lands 148, clipping back the weeds and multi floral rose.  The pathway through Mines and Meadows, although being only a year old, was found to be in very good shape with no evidence of incursions by motorized vehicles.  At Cemex, the trail below Tony Dytko Rd. has dried out appreciably over the past few weeks.  Appreciate all who came out to help with these projects!

A Keystone Trails Association crew, led by Dave Adams and Joe Hardisky, spent the week after Memorial Day in Wampum territory, working to improve the treadway on both sides of Slippery Rock Creek at McConnell’s Mill State Park.  Their efforts to make a safer pathway for hikers on the North Country and Kildoo Trails are appreciated!


Lastly, thanks to Matt Williams and his father providing a number of railroad ties at no cost to the chapter, those barriers were recently installed above the very steep hillside at the Louthan Rd./Route 168 parking lot in Beaver county.

Thank you to all who support the effort!

Dave Brewer

June 18, 2017


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New Signing for the Darlington NCT Kiosks

by wam_chapter on May 27, 2017

New signs are installed at the Darlington Trail Town kiosks! They feature a description of Darlington, a map of the North Country Trail through the Darlington area, the Wampum PA Chapter North Country Trail Association contact information, and roster of our sponsored monthly hikes for 2017. Stop by and check one out during Darlington Days! One is across the street from the Post Office. The other is next to the Little Beaver Historical Society and McCarl Industrial and Agricultural Museum of Beaver County.  These new signs were designed and provided by Tracy Hager.

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Building Things In 2017

by wam_chapter on May 14, 2017

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April 2017 Trail Work Report

by wam_chapter on April 23, 2017


Great American Cleanup Crew

Spring weather has predominated the past month and our trail crew and individual maintainers have been out making a positive impact on the condition of the Wampum Chapter’s section of North Country Trail in various ways.  We’ve cleared blown down trees, painted blazes, picked up trash along our trail route, refurbished sections of sidehill, and we’ve worked on the new hiker shelter, all projects to keep the trail in great shape for our hikers.


Trips were made to Cemex, Game Lands 285, the River Walk in Darlington, and McConnell’s Mill State Park to clear trees that had fallen across the trail.  At Cemex, below Tony Dytko Rd., options to get out of a muddy couple hundred yards of pathway were explored, including the possibility of putting in a long boardwalk or rerouting the trail up the hillside to get above the water source.  We also repainted the blazes in this area down to River Rd. so that whole mile of trail is now clearly marked.  Paint blazing was also refreshed on the road walk near the intersection of Edwards Rd. and New Galilee Rd. to help hikers navigate their way between the Edwards Farm and the PA Turnpike.


The Chapter participated in the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, picking up about fifty bags of trash along our road walks on either side of the Trail Town of Wampum, and some of our volunteers jumped into Tracy Hager’s Middleton Twp. trash cleanup along the road walk in Ohio during the chapter’s backpack trip last weekend.

Trail benching and sidehill work was done on a couple of trail sections below Booth Hill at Game Lands 285 to get those back in good shape for our hikers, and the Student Conservation Association sent a crew of eight students and two adults to work with Joe Hardisky at McConnell’s Mill last weekend, working to rebench sliding trail tread near Hell Run.  We always appreciate the assistance of that organization!  They’ll be returning to the area the weekend of May 6 and 7 to continue working on that project.  Also at McConnell’s Mill, the park is working expanding the parking lot at Hell’s Hollow, and we are waiting to hear from them on their plans for an additional parking area along Heinz Camp Rd. and the need to build a spur trail from there down to the main trail.

In addition to these projects, we were also able to get out for an afternoon of work on the hiker shelter at Wampum Underground, and the finishing touches are being put on new trail signing for the Wampum Junction Train Station.  This project will include replacing the Carsonite posts in town and refreshing the paint blazing on our road walks to the east and west to our next off-road sections.

In regards to painting in general, we are looking for volunteers to head out and repaint the trailhead signs at the Edwards Farm, on River Rd., and both of the signs at Chewton West Pittsburg Rd.  Blue paint blazing needs to be refreshed in the area of the lime kiln at Cemex, at Wampum Underground, and on the road walk between Darlington and New Galilee.

Issues that have been spotted to keep an eye on are new flagging found on the 4 Bee’s property adjacent to Crescent Supply (as well as a vandalized bridge on the River Walk) and new bulldozer work on the strip mine area at Wampum Underground, beside Mines and Meadows.


Thanks to all of our volunteers who are working with our group projects and who are heading out individually to work on their trail sections.  With this kind of teamwork the Wampum Chapter’s forty miles of trail range will continue to be an excellent hiking experience!

Dave Brewer

April 17, 2017

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March 2017 Trail Work Report

March 26, 2017

A couple of strong wind events in western Pennsylvania, and our desire to complete the new hiking shelter at Wampum Underground set most of our trail work agenda for the last half of February and the first half of March.  Several of our trips out have been to clear trees that have fallen across our [...]

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Promoting the NCT in Beaver and Lawrence Counties

March 7, 2017

The Wampum Chapter had the opportunity on Saturday evening, March 5th to be present at the First Church of God in Ellwood City for their annual Men’s Venison Dinner. The dinner was held in the Church Hall with vension steaks and meatballs. About 75 men were in attendance. After the dinner we met in the [...]

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Wampum Chapter February 2017 Trail Work Report

February 20, 2017

The weather has been terrific this winter and has permitted us to get outside and knock out projects left and right, from our basic maintenance and clearing walks, to treadway improvement, installing new signing, and working on the hiker shelter at Wampum Underground.    The routine tasks of walking trail and cutting out fallen trees and [...]

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Easier Than Ever To Become A Member Of The Wampum Chapter And Support The NCTA

February 19, 2017


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2017 Outreach Calendar

January 17, 2017

The Wampum Chapter maintains a rigorous outreach program and we try to reach out to as many members of the community as we can to build awareness of the North Country National Scenic Trail in Beaver and Lawrence counties of Pennsylvania.  Please make plans to come out for our planned events during 2017 to ‘talk [...]

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We’d Like To Talk To Your Group

January 7, 2017

“We’d like to talk to you about the North Country Trail!”     The Wampum Chapter has volunteers available to come out to your Scout, civic, or community meeting to give a presentation about the NCT here in Beaver and Lawrence counties of PA. Where is the trail? Where should I park? Best places to [...]

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