April 2016 Edition
Updated April 4

Miller’s Wood Lot Hike

Sunday, April 10

This will be a 3-mile hike. Meet at 5459, Route 474 in Blockville, NY at 2:00 p.m. Leaders: Keith and Cindy Miller, 716-782-2072.


Bike St. Bonaventure Bike Trail

Wednesday, April 13

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Jamestown Park-N-Ride. Travel to St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY. Park at trail head by the tennis courts (or meet there at 11:00 a.m.) Ride bike trail up and back. Lunch stop at Beef-N-Barrel after ride. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings.


Hike the North Country Trail, Route 948 to Henry Mills

Sunday, April 17

This is a 3.6-mile shuttle hike. Meet at Howes True Value at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Earl Ross, 814-726-3920.


Bike Warren Bike Trail

Thursday, April 21

Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of Warren Bike Trail on East Street. Ride the trail and surrounding side streets approximately 6 miles. Supper stop afterwards at Bob Evans. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings.


Adopt-A-Highway Work Session, Hearts Content Road CANCELLED

Friday, April 22

Due to the weather forcasted for this day Bill and Mary Massa gathered volunteers and did this work early. The Adopt-A-Highway work section scheduled for this time will not take place.


Adopt-A-Highway Work Session, Route 59

Friday, April 22

Route 59 at Morrison Trail Head. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Morrison Trail Head on Route 59. Gloves, safety vests and litter bags will be provided. Leader: John Shinaberger, 814-368-6728.


Hike Minister Creek

Sunday, April 24

This is a 6.6-mile loop hike. Meet at Howes True Value at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Linda Ross, 814-726-3920.


Bike Sandy Creek and Samuel Justus Trails

Wednesday, April 27

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the car wash on Railroad Street in Youngsville. Drive to the town of Van. Ride bikes to the Salt Box Parking Lot in Franklin, PA. This will be a shuttle ride. Call Pat if you prefer to meet at 11:00 a.m. at Sheetz in Cranberry. Lunch stop after ride. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings.


Kayak the Mighty Tionesta

Saturday, April 30

Meet at the boat launch in Sheffield at 10:00 a.m. Boat registration or launch permit required. Bring lunch and water. Sheffield to Blue Jay Bridge about 8.5 miles. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772. Note that if there is rain that day and below 60 degrees F the event will be called off. Check with Dennis if unsure.


Hike Route 337 to Chapman Dam

Sunday,  May 1

This is a 5.5-mile shuttle hike. Meet at Howes True Value at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Jim Houghtling, 814-723-1654.


Spring Fungi

Susan Guenther found the fungi shown above at the Fire Tower Trail in Allegany State Park while on Dennis Anderson's AOC hike March 13. She identifies them as scarlet elf caps.


Trail Work Volunteers North Country Trail Work by the Association's ANF Chapter

Eight volunteers met April 3 to maintain the trail. Below is their report.

We started out on a cold morning that turned into a beautiful day. Eight chapter members enjoyed hiking from FR 543 to FR 449. Along the way, we cleared trail, laid out steel mesh on bridges and marked/cleaned up campsites. With so many people, a lot of work was accomplished easily!

            Attached is a photo of our lunch break! In back are Roy Walker, Joe Torok, Rich Glasgow and in front are Jeff Manelick, Mike & Tina Toole, Alisha Glasgow and Kim Reed.

Our next trail work day is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th starting at 10 AM. We plan to address drainage issues and clear trail from FR 419 down into the Minister Creek Valley; a 1.5 mile section of trail.

            We will be meeting on Heart’s Content Road (FR 2002) at its intersection with FR 419.  FR 419 is about 1 ¼ miles east of FR 116 (Dunham Siding) or about 3 miles west of Minister Road. Coordinates of the intersection are N 41⁰ 40’ 709”  W 079⁰ 12’ 295”. From there we will head about 1.25 miles south to where the NCT crosses FR 419.

            All you need to bring is water, a lunch and work gloves. Come for a few hours, or come for the whole day. We’ll have all the tools. Remember, “Many hands make light work!”  Hope to see you there!!! Email us or call us with any questions.


National Park Service Announces North Country Trail 100-mile Challenge

The National Park Service is celebrating their centennial anniversary by offering a challenge to walk 100 miles on the North Country Trail. Completers receive a patch and certificate. more.


Butler Outdoor Club Announces Its 2016 Outdoor Extravaganza

Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2016

Plans are for the base camp to be at Breakneck Campground near McConnells Mill and Moraine State Park. Details are not available yet but are to be published in March at


Chain Saw Certification Course

May 30, 31

The Forest Service is planning a course to train and certify persons in chain saw use. Having the certification is required to do volunteer work with a chain saw in the National Forest. Recommended techniques have improved over the years so it is a good course for all chain saw users. Details will be announced later.


State Trail Conference in Warren

September 20 - 23

The event will include a hike on Tom's Run Trail (3.5 miles) and Heart's Content Interpretive Trail (1.1 miles) on the 23rd. Look for details to be announced.