2018 Alternative Breaks

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2018 Alternative Break trip locations and availability are listed below.  If you would like to secure a particular week/location for your group for please first read through the General Information section to better understand the program and reservation process.  Then contact Libby Wile at LWile@AmericanHiking.org or call 1-800-972-8608 ext. 704.

PLEASE NOTE:  Alternative Breaks are intended for college student groups.  To reserve a week/location, your group needs to have at least 8 participants.  If you are interested in participating in a service trip as an individual or with a small group, our 2018 Volunteer Vacations schedule will have many spring/summer trips that are not exclusive to college students (all ages can participate) and offer individual registration.  This schedule will be open for registration in early-December.

Location
State
(1/7) - (1/13)
(1/14) - (1/20)
(2/25) - (3/3)
(3/4) - (3/10)
(3/11) - (3/17)
(3/18) - (3/24)
(3/25) - (3/31)
(4/1) - (4/7)
Summer '18
St. Marks NWR
FL
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Gold Head SP
FL
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Wekiwa Springs
FL
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Touch of Nature
IL
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Johnson Shut-Ins
MO
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TrinityRiver NWR
TX
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RESERVED
RESERVED
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Belle Isle SP
VA
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Blue Ridge Center
VA
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Douthat SP
VA
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RESERVED
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James River SP
VA
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RESERVED
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Natural Bridge
VA
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RESERVED
RESERVED
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Pocahontas SP
VA
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York River SP
VA
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Groton St Forest
VT
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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Host: Florida Trail Association
Maximum Group Size: 10

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will do basic trail maintenance on the Florida Trail using a variety and hand tools and power equipment to keep the trail open, clean, and well marked for trail users. No experience is necessary and all equipment and training will be provided by our excellent Florida Trail Association staff. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 5 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
Are you ready for a break and a retreat to warmer weather? If so, then how does a volunteer project on the Gulf of Mexico sound? Imagine yourself pitching in on the Florida National Scenic Trail in one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in the country! The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge includes coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries of seven north Florida rivers, and is home to a diverse community of plant and animal life. The refuge also has strong ties to a rich cultural past, and is home to the St. Marks Lighthouse, which was built in 1842 and is still in use today. The Gulf Coast of Florida abounds with activities for outdoor adventure. Aside from being so close to several beaches, the Wildlife Refuge is very close to some of North Florida’s most scenic rivers and springs. A trip can be arranged to Wakulla Springs State Park where crew members can swim in the crystal clear waters, hoping to share the water with manatees that come to the spring head during the winter months. A boat ride on the protected Wakulla River can also be arranged. Tallahassee, the state capital is only a 30 minute drive with countless options for restaurants and entertainment.
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in the St. Marks Bunkhouse. The bunkhouse is a large and comfortable group space that sleeps 10 people. There are two rooms with bunk beds, a large common area, fully equipped kitchen with 2 refrigerators, laundry facility, and two restrooms with shower facilities. It is a 5 minute drive to the entrance of the Wildlife Refuge and a 15 minute drive to the closest Gulf beach. There are nearby gas stations for basic supplies, and larger facilities are within 20-30 minutes away. Volunteers should bring their personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Gold Head Branch State Park, Florida
Host: Florida State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 10

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will do basic trail maintenance on a variety of trails within the park including the Ridge Trail, Loblolly Loop, Fern Loop and Palatka to Lake Butler State Trail. Tasks will include trimming and brushing established trails within a beautiful state park setting to allow for safer access by visitors, hikers, birders, families, and the public. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 4 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
If the warm weather of FL sounds good in March, consider Gold Head State Park for your Alternative Break! Gold Head Branch State Park is a 2,400 acre park featuring twelve ecosystems, including five lakes, a steep head ravine and sandhills. If the group is looking to sight see or take a break from park life the cities of Gainesville, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine are conveniently location within an hours drive.
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in a cabin on park grounds. The cabin has three bedrooms; two with a double bed each and the other with two bunk beds. There is also a single pull out sofa bed. Full kitchen, bathroom, linens, and basic cooking and eating utensils provided. There is also room for tent camping in the yard. The cabin is set in a woodsy location and is private from the park’s public areas. Volunteers should bring their personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Wekiwa Springs State Park, Florida
Host: Florida State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 20

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will be working at Katie’s Landing to improve the parks natural and biological communities. Tasks will include brush cutting, pruning, and lopping and all activity will be supervised by the park’s experienced staff. This site is a canoe and kayak facility on the Wekiva River. It also has bathrooms, picnic tables, and plenty of shade by the waters edge, providing volunteers with a nice resting spot for lunch and during the work day. Also picnic tables for their use. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 3 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like long ago. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring. Volunteers will be staying in one of two properties to camp, Rock Springs Run or Lower Wekiva Fechtel Tract. At both sites there are great tent sites with hot showers. The campsites are private and offer electric outlets for use. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Lower-Wekiva-River https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Rock-Springs-Run
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in car-camping tent sites that provide shade and a fire ring. Hot showers will be available throughout the week. Cooking can be done over the campfire, on a Coleman stove, or through an electric stove.  Electric hookups are inside and outside the restrooms- a short extension cord can be run to the site. The sites are very peaceful, tranquil, and in the natural setting of a Florida State Park. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and personal items including eating utensils (cup, bowl, plate, knife, fork, and spoon) in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Touch of Nature Environmental Center, Illinois
Host: T.O.N.E.C.
Maximum Group Size: 30

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will aid Touch of Nature Environmental Center and the US Forest Service with trail building and maintaining needs in Shawnee National Forest. The USFS’s Shawnee Volunteer Corps is rebuilding a new system of trails that were lost over the years to the forest. This trail initiative has become a community building project for the center through the many campus and community organizations who volunteer. The trail initiative is an integral part of the renewal of the environmental center as a regional resource for connecting people to the land and promoting hiking and paddling for recreation and healthy living. Work will include clearing trails of organic materials, cutting trail, and clearing overgrown vegetation. Hand tools such as Pulaskis, McLeods, shovels, and rakes will be used. Volunteers will work on creating a back-slope, tread and an out-slope. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 1 mile on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
Southern Illinois Universities’ Touch of Nature Environmental Center sits on 3,100 acres of the unglaciated Shawnee Hills natural division of the Shawnee National Forest. The Eastern border of the facility is Little Grassy Lake, one of three lakes on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It shares it’s Southern and Western borders with Giant City State Park and Crab Orchard Wilderness Area which the trans-state River to River Trail traverses. A National Environmental Education Landmark (designated by NPS) and outdoor laboratory for the university “T.O.N.E.C.” has been serving a broad range of populations as a leader in the fields of environmental, therapeutic, outdoor, adventure, and challenge experiential education for 65 years. Southern Illinois is known for its lush hills, diverse ecosystems, sandstone cliffs and numerous lakes. Recreation opportunities include but are not limited to: hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, fishing, and camping.
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in rustic cabins holding 8-10 twin beds with access to exterior bath houses with flush toilets and showers. Access to outdoor fire pit is available as well as cooking gear. Meals will either be catered or prepared for volunteers on site. Volunteers should bring their own linens (twin sized sheets or sleeping bag, pillow, and towel), cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items.
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Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri
Host: Missouri State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 10

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will spend the week performing trail maintenance tasks on various trails within Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. Trail maintenance tasks will include lopping, removing limbs and debris, dirt work, hanging tags on trees, removing rocks from trail and hiking the trail for gps coordinates. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 2 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
Johnson’s Shut-Ins derives its name from the rushing waters of the East Fork of the Black River that are “shut-in” by the hard volcanic rock. Over 1.4 billion years ago, violent volcanic eruptions created hard rhyolite bedrock. As the rhyolite cooled, it cracked in many places, creating pathways for flowing water. Scoured by water-born sand and gravel, the channels grew deeper and wider. The eroding action of water has created small waterfalls and a series of natural waterslides. Johnson’s Shut-Ins is a very rugged, rocky and hilly region and the most visited state park in the summer time because of the shut-ins and its unique geological features. Volunteers can look forward to a trip to Elephant Rocks State Park, just 12 miles away, which is also a geological attraction.
Accommodations
johnsons-shut-ins-state-park-mo-lodgingVolunteers will stay in on-site housing in the park’s seasonal quarters. Facilities include a full kitchen (refrigerator, cook top stove, oven, microwave and basic eating utensils), 4 bedrooms (8 twin beds total- the remaining volunteers can sleep on couches or on the floor) and bathroom. Volunteers should bring their own bedding linens (twin sheets or sleeping bag and pillow), towels, and personal toiletries/clothing in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Host: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Maximum Group Size: 11

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will be working on trail maintenance on various trails in the refuge. Tasks include removing fallen vegetation and limbs from the trail and trimming vegetation that could scratch or pose other inconveniences to hikers. Additional tasks include continuing construction on an additional 3 miles of new trail. Trail building consists of building a trail 2-5′ wide while looking for features to highlight and the best footing for the trail. Limb and vegetation removal will be the main focus. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 3 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
Everything is bigger and better in Texas! Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is located in the floodplain of Liberty County in Southeast Texas. The habitat is bottomland hardwood and the area hosts bayous, oxbow lakes, privet swamps, and cypress-tupelo swamps. Houston, TX is located 45 minutes away. Galveston is one hour away and has a beach as well as Moody Gardens, an aquarium, and zoo. Big Thicket National Preserve, Sam Houston National Forest, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, and Lake Livingston State Park are all within a one-hour drive from the lodging site.
Accommodations
Volunteers will be staying in a cabin on Champion Lake, the refuge’s southernmost property. The bunkhouse has three rooms with eight twin beds. There is an additional queen mattress and couch, to accommodate 11 total for sleeping. Amenities include a full kitchen with a stove, oven, microwave refrigerator, sink, coffeemaker, pots, and pans, a bathroom with a shower and flushing toilet, and laundry facilities. There is also a TV with local channels. Canoes and kayaks will be present for complimentary use. Linens are provided but must be washed and dried before leaving. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own linens or sleeping bags to avoid laundry. Rain gear and rubber boots are useful, but not required. During most of the trail-building, long sleeves, pants, and boots are highly recommended due to poison ivy and mosquitoes.
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Belle Isle State Park, Virginia
Host: Virginia State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 14

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will work on various trail improvement projects throughout the park including, but not limited to general trail maintenance, brush trimming and removal, gravel laying, trail repair, and trail marking. Volunteers may also assist with shoreline cleanup.  Volunteers should plan to hike up to 3 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
The Northern Neck is a beautiful and historic area of Virginia and is considered the birthplace of our nation.  Belle Isle State Park has over 7 miles of shoreline along the Rappahannock River and Mulberry and Deep Creeks. Seasonal canoe and kayak rentals are available, as well as bicycles for exploring the 9 miles of trails throughout the park.  Stratford Hall, Historic Christchurch, the Steamboat Era Museum, George Washington Birthplace National Monument, and Westmoreland State Park are all close by for exploring. Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington DC are also within a day’s drive.  
Accommodations
belle-isle-state-park-va-bunkhouseVolunteers will stay in a 3-room camping cabin with 7 bunk beds (for a total of 14 beds). Beds are in two separate bedrooms (3 bunk beds each), and so can be divided into male and female bedrooms if desired. The center room has a bunk bed, kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, group cooking gear, and eating utensils. Volunteers will also have access to the concession – where there is a large refrigerator and freezer as well as a flat top grill and microwave.  There is a campfire ring and charcoal grill outside for grilling and s ‘mores with picnic table for meal prep and eating. Bathrooms and showers are a short walk away. There is no heat or fire place, so extra blankets are a must. There is electricity, so you can bring small space heaters if you would like. Volunteers should bring sleeping bags or bed linens, towels, personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Virginia
Host: Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
Maximum Group Size: 10

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will spend the week performing trail and building maintenance tasks on various trails and structures at Blue Ridge Environmental Center. If time allows, volunteers will repair a walking bridge and complete farm work on this working farm. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 2 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
The Blue Ridge Center is located on 900 beautiful acres of woods, streams, a working farm, wildflower meadows, and historic farmsteads that include apiaries, wildlife, farm animals, and 10-miles of hiking trails. The Center’s education programs and land practices demonstrate innovative stewardship approaches that are sustainable both ecologically and economically. The property connects to the Appalachian Trail corridor. Harpers Ferry, WV is just a few miles away and has numerous activities including hiking, tubing or rafting, and zip line adventures.  On the free day, volunteers can look forward to a guided hike from the center on the Appalachian Trail.  The center is also within driving distance to Washington, D.C., if the group provided their own transportation.
Accommodations
Volunteers will be staying in the Demory-Wortman House, which was constructed around 1848 and renovated with rustic furnishings, including a kitchen, shower, five bedrooms, a living room and sitting room, two porches, and a balcony. Volunteers should bring their own sheets and pillow cases (one King bed, 1 Queen bed, 6 Twin beds), towels, and personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Douthat State Park, Virginia
Host: Virginia State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 15

Project & Hiking
douthat-state-park-va-3Volunteers will spend the week replacing trail signage and metal blazes, rerouting a trail, repairing bridges, and trail maintaining sections of the 43 miles of trails within the park. Weather conditions may dictate changes in the work plan as Douthat often gets snow in March. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 6 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
Amid some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors enjoy interpretive programs, two miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, and more than 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking and bridle trails. Plus, there is an amphitheater and a restaurant overlooking the lake. Volunteers will have plenty of recreational opportunities to choose from during their free time. They will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful counties of Bath and Alleghany, home of the Dominion Back Creek Recreation Area and the Jackson River Scenic Trail. The park is close to the Greenbrier (bunker tour), historic Lexington, VA, and a very interesting train museum in Clifton Forge which is about 15 minutes from the park. Volunteers will be treated to a trip to Natural Bridge State Park, Virginia’s newest state park!
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in 2-bedroom cabins. Three cabins near each other have been reserved. The two-bedroom cabins have 1 queen bed in one bedroom and two sets of bunk beds in the other. The cabins all have full bathrooms as well as fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and coffeepot. Volunteers should bring their own personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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James River State Park, Virginia
Host: Virginia State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 14

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will be maintaining trails throughout the park’s 20 mile trail system. In addition, some crews will participate in rerouting old sections of trail as well as rehabilitating the old segment. This is a great trip for those new to trail maintaining! The week will begin with a safety briefing and each morning will start with a session on the plan for the day as well as theory and specifics on trailbuilding. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 4 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions

James River State Park is nestled among the foothills of the Blue Ridge, along the historic James River. Trails meander through woodlands, meadows and along the riverbank. Central Virginia is home to historic locales such as Monticello and the Appomattox National Historical Park. The Appalachian Trail passes by 20 miles to the west of the park and the lovely Crabtree Falls is an easy drive away. Cultural opportunities abound in Charlottesville, Farmville and Lynchburg, homes of University of Virginia, Longwood University and Liberty University and many smaller colleges. The parks Visitor Center has a large aquarium, a replica bateau, and numerous displays describing the area’s natural and cultural heritage. Environmental education programs available include Night Owl Hike – taking a walk after dark and calling owls; Wagon ride to the scenic Tye River Overlook; FIRE! program discussing fire ecology and cool ways to start fires; Archery range where we spend several hours teaching compound bow archery; snake program where we feed our resident snake and learn about their habits. Volunteers will have the option to choose an activity from several nearby attractions that include: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, National D-Day Memorial, or visiting other nearby Virginia State Parks.

Accommodations
james-river-state-park-va-lodgeVolunteers will most likely stay in the park’s fully furnished lodge that sleeps 14, with central air and heat, 3 bathrooms, and full kitchen equipped with utensils, dishes, and pots and pans. The lodge also has a gas log fireplace. Volunteers should bring their personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Natural Bridge State Park, Virginia
Host: Virginia State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 12

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will spend the week performing trail maintenance tasks on various trails and lookout points in the park. Potential tasks will include trail maintenance and rerouting on the Monacan Trail to control erosion and meet state park design standards. The trail corridor needs to be opened to the proper width and primitive hike-in campsites need to be developed. In addition, a vista needs to be created at the summit called Red Knob and several benches need to be placed along the trail. There are many sections on Buck Hill Trail that need major re-routes because of the terrain and proximity to overhead utility lines. Trail blazes need to be installed along with adequate trail signage. Overlooks and rest stops need to be created and a trail head sign needs to be installed for hiker information. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 3 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
natural-bridge-state-park-vaLocated in Rockbridge County, Natural Bridge is Virginia’s newest State Park featuring rolling grasslands, forests, and beautiful scenic vistas. The bridge once owned by Thomas Jefferson has been included in several “Seven Natural Wonders of the World” lists and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy the Natural Bridge Caverns tour as it descends more than 34 stories deep to a magnificent natural display. Rockbridge County and Natural Bridge provide many scenic vistas and opportunities to get outdoors. The Appalachian Trail comes through here, as does the James River with canoeing and kayaking. The history of Lexington, Virginia’s involvement in the Civil War and the two colleges of Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee are all here. The county has 601 square miles that is interconnected with biking, hiking, water and equestrian trails called Braiding the Way. The James River is a state designated scenic river and State Route 301 that runs through the park is designated a state scenic highway. Douthat State Park and James River State Park are within a short drive as is Appomattox National Historic Battlefield. The Blue Ridge Parkway is within 12 miles of the park giving access to the Peaks of Otter and other scenic attractions.
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in a two story residential house with 3 bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 bath, kitchen, dining room, living room and family room. There are 6 bunk beds and one full size bed. The kitchen is stocked with essentials for cooking, eating and serving in a house setting. Linens are provided. Volunteers should bring their personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Pocahontas State Park, Virginia
Host: Virginia State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 12

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will spend the week building the park’s next phase of hiking trails and repairing existing trails. Volunteers may also spend time refurbishing trailside picnic areas. Repairs will include the addition of trail features such as rolling grade dips and knicks which require digging and shaping earth to redirect water from erosion prone areas. New trail building will involve cutting limbs, raking leaves, chopping through organic soil layers, digging down to mineral soil, digging into hillsides, and putting in features to redirect water. Refurbishing would include installation of split rail fence, replacement of picnic tables, and adding gravel to picnic pads. Volunteers should plan to hike up to 1 mile on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
pocahontas-state-park-va-2Just 20 miles from Richmond, VA, 45 minutes from Williamsburg and Jamestown, and an easy 2 hour drive to Washington, D.C., Pocahontas State Park offers hiking, picnicking, biking, bird watching, and nature and history programs. The park has more than 80 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, dedicated to the Depression-era workers who helped build the state park system, is one of a handful in the nation. The park is 20 minutes from the Metro Richmond Zoo, and30 minutes from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, the Historic Byrd Theater, and much more. The park is conveniently located 5 minutes from many restaurants and grocery stores.
Accommodations
Volunteers will be housed in the park’s volunteer house for the duration of the program. The volunteer house consists of 3 bedrooms (each containing 2 twin bunkbeds), two bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room, living room (TV with local channels & DVD player), and a basement with washer and dryer. The house is heated and air conditioned. Volunteers should bring their own bedding/linens (twin sized bed or sleeping bag and pillow), towels, and personal gear in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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York River State Park, Virginia
Host: Virginia State Parks
Maximum Group Size: 10

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will perform trail maintenance, including clearing vegetation, repairing washouts, brushing trail corridors, on various trails in the park (the park has 35 miles of trails to explore!) Volunteers should plan to hike up to 5 miles on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
York River State Park, VAYork River State Park is designated as a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The park is known for its rare and delicate estuarine environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a rich habitat for marine and plant life. The pristine environment offers clues to a rich natural and cultural history and hosts fossil beds and Colonial and Native American artifacts. The park offers more than 30 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, allowing visitors to explore the marsh, river shoreline and forests. Williamsburg is the home of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center, Busch Gardens, Water World, and the college of William & Mary. If the water temperature if high enough, volunteers can look forward to canoeing or kayaking on Taskinas Creek and the York River!
Accommodations
Marshall Unviersity Alternative Break at York River croppedVolunteers will stay in two mobile homes that provide bunkbeds, full kitchen facilities, bathrooms with showers, and living areas. Volunteers should bring their own personal gear and towels in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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Groton State Forest, Vermont
Host: Cross Vermont Trail Association
Maximum Group Size: 12

Project & Hiking
Volunteers are needed to help reconstruct a section of the multi-use trail network in Vermont’s second largest state forest. We are upgrading trails to meet universal accessibility standards, while also retaining the feeling of primitive wilderness trails. We will be able to drive to the camp site, but it is a backcountry camp without running water. If your group is looking for a unique, nature focused outdoor adventure, this trip is for you! Volunteers should plan to hike up to 1 mile on work days to complete these tasks.
Area & Attractions
Northern Vermont is a picture postcard landscape of small villages side by side with rolling pastures and surrounded by forested expanse of hills, bogs, and glacial lakes. We will work in and around the 25,000 acre Groton State Forest. Local attractions and activities include hiking, paddling and berry picking in the forest, the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, and visiting fairs and restaurants in the culturally vibrant towns, such as Montpelier, nearby. The group will get to help plan their “free-day” activity with choices including exploring area trails, canoeing, or visiting area attractions such as Ben & Jerry’s factory.
Accommodations
Volunteers will camp at a primitive log cabin that is a short walk from the end of the road. The group will use the cabin as the communal gathering place and cooking area, and tents will be set up outside for sleeping. There is an outhouse for a toilet and showers are not available at camp. However there is a creek nearby with a swimming area for washing up. A full kitchen set up will be provided – propane stoves, coolers, ice daily, and all utensils. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and personal items in addition to the items listed on the suggested Alternative Break packing list.
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If you would like to secure a particular week/location for your group please first read through the General Information section to better understand the program and reservation process.  Then contact Libby Wile at LWile@AmericanHiking.org or call 1-800-972-8608 ext. 704.