May 2016 Edition
Updated May 9

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.


Kayak Chautauqua Lake

Wednesday, May 4

Meet at the McCrea Point Boat Launch, 14 Jones and Gifford Ave. at 1:00 p.m. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772.


Bike in Presque Isle State Park

Wednesday, May 11

Meet at the first parking lot on the right inside the park at 10:00 a.m. Ride 12-1/2 miles around Presque Isle. Lunch stop afterwards. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings.


Bike Russell to Warren

Thursday, May 12

Meet at the Russell Post Office at 5:00 p.m. Bike Big Four to North Warren. Continue on Warren Bike Trail to end. Stop at Bob Evans for supper. Return to Russell. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings.


Camping and Hiking Trip to Ricketts Glen State Park

May 13 – 15

Camping reservations may be made at 1-888-727-2757. Pat has reserved Site 18. Ricketts Glen is north-east of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Call Pat for more information. Note that the computer reservation web site will indicate the sites are reserved when they are not – use the 888 number above. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings.


AOC – NCT Anniversary Hike in honor of Merle Caldwell

Sunday,  May 15

Hike the North Country Trail in the Pell Run Area. This is a 4-mile hike, including some cross-country hiking. It will also be a shuttle hike with everyone starting on FR-256B and hiking to Henrys Mills. The hike is in honor of longtime AOC member Merle Caldwell who maintained this section of the NCT for a number of years. It will also be the 48th-yearanniversary hike of the AOC and will promote use of the NCT on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The NCT Association and the NPS are partners in providing the trail. The ANF Chapter of the NCT is invited to join in the hike. Meet at the United Refining Company's lot at 1800 Pennsylvania Ave. east – the former Carquest auto parts store parking lot, a large parking area west of the refinery and just east of Warren Tire NLT 1:30 p.m. or Tops Market in Sheffield NLT 1:45 p.m. Leaders: Bill and Mary Massa, 814-723-2568.


Hike Zoar Valley Rim

Sunday,  May 22

This is a 4 to 5-mile hike along the rim of the Zoar Valley near Gowanda, NY. Meet at the Jamestown Park-N-Ride at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Greg Burkett, 814-723-4989.


Bike Oil Creek State Park

Wednesday, May 25

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the car wash on Railroad Street in Youngsville or at the Oil Creek State Park Petroleum Center Parking Lot by the bike trail head at 11:00 a.m. Bike to Titusville for lunch stop and back to Petroleum Center. Leader: Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331 evenings.


Kayak the Clarion River

Sunday,  May 29

Meet at Portland Mills 8 miles south of Ridgway on Route 949 at 10:00 a.m. Will float to Halton Spring, approximately 12 miles. Leader: Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772.


Bike Rouseville to Belmar Bridge

Sunday,  June 5

Route is from the Rouseville Trailhead approximately 28 miles to Belmar  Bridge. Meet at Bett’s Field at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Earl Ross, 814-726-3920.




Boy Scout Troop 554 Hikes NCT from NY Border to Cook Forest Learning Center

I am way late getting this in but it is worth the wait. The picture and letter below arrived in June of last year.

Boy Scout Troop 554

Dear Allegheny Outdoor Club:

We (a part of our BSA Troop 554) just hiked the entire NCT from the New York Border to the Cook Forest Learning Center.  We got a shuttle to Willow Bay, hiked to the border of NY, and then hiked the entire way south.  We started on Saturday, June 6 and finished on Sunday, June 14 with a picnic feast in Cooke Forest with our families.  What an AWESOME trek.


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.