Trail Maintenance

A dedicated group of volunteers, known as the SGPA Trail Crew, is responsible for maintaining the 32 miles of backcountry trails at Sleeping Giant State Park.

Trail Crew projects typically involve clearing fallen trees, removing litter, repainting trail markers, constructing trail infrastructure to prevent erosion and increase accessibility, and otherwise improving or relocating trails.

Following the tornadoes in 2018, the Trail Crew cleared hundreds of fallen trees and branches, ensuring that the trails were safe and passable when the park reopened.

Check out SGPA’s Program Calendar for upcoming Trail Crew work days:

The Trail Crew always welcomes new members!

Volunteers meet in the parking lot at 9:15 on Sunday mornings, April through November. The work sessions usually last for about two hours (weather permitting), and there are a variety of tasks suited for all abilities.

SGPA will supply any tools or equipment needed. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring work gloves and water.

For additional information, please contact the Trail Crew Supervisor [email protected].

What It’s All About…

In 2023, Leslie Virostek joined the SGPA trail crew to film “Giant Impact”. The short video follows a features interviews with both first-times and regulars, and captures the community, camaraderie, and capability of this incredible group.

We invite you to join the trail crew at an upcoming volunteer day. Head to the Program Calendar for details about the next work session.



Trees cleared from trails after the 2018 tornadoes

2,200 Ib

Pounds of litter removed from the park

32 mi

Miles of trails maintained