Spring 2018
Updated April 15

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Reserve Now for Michigan Trip

Linda and Earl Ross are planning a trip to Makinaw, Mackinac Island, Cheboygan and Petroskey Area. The group will be camping (tent or cabins) or if needed hotel. Open to hiking and bike riding. If interested please contact Earl and Linda Ross at 814-726-3920 as soon as possible so reservations can be made.


You are encouraged to call the leader before coming to an event in order to learn of any last minute changes.

Friday, April 13

“The Flight to Save the Ancient Hemlocks of Cook Forest” at theTom Ridge Environmental Center. Car pool to Erie for the film and presentations by  representatives from DCNR and Cook Forest State Park. Meet at Bett’s Field at 4:30 p.m. Leader: Charlie Merroth, 814-723-9212.

Sunday, April 15

Hike NCT in the Cherry Grove Area. This is a shuttle hike from Minister Hill Road to FR-419 and on to Hearts Content Road. Approximately 5 miles. Meet at Howes True Value at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Jim Houghtling, 814-723-1654.

Wednesday,  April 18

Hearts Content Road Cleanup. This is a road adopted by the club. Sandstone Springs to Dunham Siding. Gloves and safety vests will be provided. Bring a lunch if you plan to help with trail maintenance following the road cleanup. Meet at Sandstone Springs Parking Area at 9:30 a.m. Leaders: Bill and Mary Massa, 814-723-2568.

Wednesday,  April 18 POSTPONED

Bill has postponed maintenance of the Interpretive Trail at Hearts Content set for this date due to weather conditions. The work will be rescheduled to a date to be announced. Leader: Bill Massa, 814-723-2568.

Sunday, April 22

Hike Anders Run. Meet at Betts Field at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Earl Ross, 814-726-3920

Friday, April 27

Bike Rouseville to Franklin. Meet at Betts Field at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Earl Ross, 814-726-3920.

April 27 to May 1 Camping at Sinnemahoning State Park, Campsite 29. Includes hiking 4.5 miles on the Fred Woods Trail, kayaking, biking, and a trip to Benezzete to view the elk. For more information contact the leader, Pat Spicer, 814-757-8388 evenings.

Sunday, April 29

Hike new trails at Allegany State Park. This hike will visit new wildlife viewing areas in the wetlands next to Red House Reservoir. Meet at the Red House Administration Building at 2:00 p.m. Leader: Pat Shinaberger, 814-598-4590.

Sunday, May 6

Hike in Blockville Area. This is an approximately 3-mile hike on the Miller’s and their neighbor’s properties. Meet at the Miller’s house, 5459 Route 474, Blockville, NY at 2:00 p.m. Leaders: Keith and Cindy Miller, 716 -782-2072.

Saturday, May 12

Canoe or kayak Tionesta Creek from Sheffield to Blue Jay Bridge. Meet at Sheffield Boat Launch at 1:00 p.m. Must have a PA registration and a personal flotation device (PFD). Be sure to bring drinking water. For more information call Dennis Anderson at 716-969-9772.

Sunday, May 13

50th Anniversary Hike at State Game Lands #29. Meet at Musante Street at 1:30 p.m. Leaders: Jim and Linda Houghtling, 814-723-1654.

Sunday, May 20

50th Anniversary of the Second Hike, Akeley Swamp. Meet at the State Game Lands Parking lot next to Akeley Swamp at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Marge Neel, 814-757-9099.

Wednesday, May 23

Bike Oil Creek State Park. Meet at Petroleum Center at 10:00 a.m. The ride is approximately 18 miles (9 miles north then return 9 miles to starting point). For more information call Dennis Anderson at (716) 969-9772.

Sunday, May 27

Bike Rouseville to Franklin. Meet at Betts Field at 1:30 pm. Leader: Earl Ross, 726-3920.

Sunday, June 3

Bike Corry to Clymer. Meet at Betts Field at 1:30 p.m. Leader: Linda Ross, 726-3920.

Saturday, June 9

Hike Chautauqua Gorge. Meet at the Jamestown, New York Park & Ride at Rte. 60 and Exit 12 at 8:30 a.m. Bring water, a lunch, and old shoes for this 10-mile splash hike. Note: in case of rain this hike will be cancelled. For more information call Dennis Anderson at (716) 969-9772.

June 20-27

Michigan Trip. Tent or cabin camping. Visit Makinaw, Mackinac Island, Cheboygan and Petroskey Area. Hike and bike. See announcement on this web page. Leaders: Earl and Linda Ross, 814-726-3920.

Sunday, June 10

Hike Toms Run. Meet at Musante Street at 1:30 p.m. Leader: John Young, 814-730-2915.

Sunday, June 17

Kayak Edinboro Lake. Meet at the public launch at 2:00 p.m. Leader: Debra Young, 814-730-8388.


The AOC is an organization of individuals of all ages based in northwestern Pennsylvania who enjoy nature and year round outdoor activities. We try to maintain a schedule of hosted hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking and winter skiing activities, as well as numerous special events, for anyone who wishes to participate.


Send email to: mailroom@alleghenyoutdoorclub.org. You can also contact our officers by phone at the numbers below.
John Young, president 814-730-2915 John Shinaberger, vice pres. 814-598-9094 Debra Young, treasurer 814-730-8388 Patricia Shinaberger, sect. 814-598-4590


Join us in the outdoors. Events are open to members and non-members alike. Come on! You'll be welcome!

Dues for membership are $5 per person per year. Dues go toward the cost of our club memberships in Keystone Trails Association and North Country Trail Association, and for mailing quarterly schedules. Schedules are also distributed via e-mail for members who are online. Non-members are always welcome to participate in activities without obligation to join the club. Dues are payable to Debra Young, 1588 Town Line Road, Russell, PA 16345. Please make payments for the current year only.