Trail Conservancy, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance in developing, building and maintaining natural surface trails using sustainable design principles that minimize negative effects on the environment. In addition, we promote and advocate shared-use trails that improve the quality of life for all trail visitors while also preserving natural resources.

Most all our parks now have reduced budgets compared to years past. They have far less resources available to do more work, and with less staff. Even with existing budgets, trails do not fare as well with funding as other capital improvements often do. Yet, survey after survey has proven that communities everywhere place trails at the top of their list for desired park facilities. With park funding spread across the board, the amount allotted for trails often does not reflect the communities’ great interest in trails. Trail Conservancy provides that link. We help bridge the gap between the high value that communities place on trails near and dear to them and the lack of funding needed to maintain and upgrade them. We invite you to join other individuals, clubs and “friends of” groups in supporting trails. We believe trails are an important recreational amenity to be enjoyed by all and we exist for trails.

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Funding was provided by a $30,000 grant from the Recreational Trails Program, and a large contribution from MORE, Inc. Volunteers donated over 300 hours of service. We anticipate there will be about 18 to 20 to miles built once we are done.


Additional $40,000 in funding! It is with much gratitude that we announce that Trail Conservancy has been awarded an additional $40,000 RTP grant to continue develop the trail system at Emmitsburg. We expect the completed trail system to be a significant asset to the town and surrounding community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Emmitsburg Trails You can help participate in creating the brand new trail system in Emmitsburg, MD Contact:

Town of Emmitsburg Commissioner Tim O’Donnell

P:(301) 447-3839

Trail Update

Cosca Park in Clinton, MD


Emmitsburg’s Rainbow Lake multipurpose trail on the path to completion