2021 Work Weekends:

Cold River Camp May 28-31
September 10-12

2021 USFS Skills Day:

Saco Ranger District
Saco Road
Conway, NH
Please RSVP:
Cristin Bailey:

Registration for the CTA fall work weekend scheduled for September 10-12th is now open! We will following the same protocol used in the spring as detailed in the instructions below. Note: If you signed a waiver in the spring there will not be a need to sign a new one. We hope to see many returning volunteers and new ones as well as we hit the trails!

2021 Trail Work weekends are back!

CTA Work Weekend Registration Process: Please note due to Covid protocol capacity at Cold River Camp is limited in 2021. All CTA volunteers must pre-register if planning to attend any of the scheduled work weekends. Registration will close two days prior to the planned weekends.

The following process will be required of all participants:

  1. 1. On the CTA website -- from the home page, click on "Sign up for work weekends" and register for the weekend of your choice. Following receipt by CTA you will receive and email confirming your attendance. If the weekend selected is full you will be offered priority to a subsequent weekend.
  2. 2. All volunteers are required to sign an AMC waiver before participation in any CTA work weekend programs. This form can be found by clicking on the "Forms" tab from the home page. Completed waivers should be emailed to or brought along to the work weekend. Please note you will also be required to complete a CTA waiver during registration upon arrival at Cold River Camp.
  3. 3. Please review the document "2021 CTA work weekend guidelines" (also found on the "Forms" tab on the home page) to see changes to the work weekend format due to Covid protocol.
  4. 4. Policy on Children -- as camp capacity is limited all requests for children's attendance (age 12 and above) must be approved by CTA in advance. Please send your request to or for further details.

Trail Maintenance Update
As the Covid pandemic has forces us to cancel all CTA work weekends scheduled for 2020, The White Mountain National Forest recently has cleared Trail Adopters and Partners to work on the trails. We are now able to get out and patrol the 40+ miles of trails that CTA maintains. If interested in this opportunity please visit the FORMS section of our website and review the two documents titled "Volunteer patrols" and "volunteer safety guide" for details and instructions if you wish further information. Thanks in advance and safe travels!

The mission of the CTA is to support and maintain safe use and stewardship of the Evans Notch region of New Hampshire and Maine, through preservation and maintenance of trails and other recreational and natural resources, and through participation in related educational activities.

In 1922 a group of Cold River Camp volunteers formed CTA to improve hiking in Evans Notch and make Cold River Camp a premier hiking destination. In the early years before the National Forest had a trail system, the "trailbuilders" set out to create new routes and build new trails so hikers could enjoy scenic and interesting areas. As the trail system was established, the efforts of CTA turned to protecting the trails and "the preservation and proper use of the scenic beauty spots and places of historic interest." Beginning in 1984 CTA led efforts to protect the Circle Trail. The project included creation of a parking area and the purchase of a trail corridor across private land. CTA worked with landowners and led fundraising efforts that resulted in permanent trail access.

The volunteers of CTA continue that tradition with stewardship. Our stewardship of nearly 40 miles of trails on National Forest and private land in Evans Notch includes regular maintenance of the trails and larger projects to improve trail features.