In Western Pennsylvania, the North Country National Scenic Trail coincides with the Baker Trail for about 15 miles in and around Cook Forest State Park. The Baker Trail is a 132-mile hiking and backpacking trail, following forest paths, old jeep trails and dirt roads through woods, farmlands, along rivers and creeks, and is one of the 18 state-designated hiking trails. It traverses six counties: Armstrong, Jefferson, Clarion, Indiana, Forest and Westmoreland.
The Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the development, protection and promotion of hiking, biking and walking trails throughout Western Pennsylvania. The Conservancy works with the NCTA to build, maintain and protect this section of the Trail. Volunteers meet monthly in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. From meeting with local officials about trail development and protection to participating in a trail work crew, creating newsletter or web content, communicating with the press, or volunteering for the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, the possibilities for involvement with the Conservancy are as varied as the backgrounds of the people involved.