Volunteer Work Party

February 07-09, 2020

Econfina Trail Maintenance

Panhandle Chapter

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Join the Panhandle Chapter as they maintain the Econfina and Altha sections of the Florida Trail!

The maintenance work for this event will be focused on continuing with recovery efforts from Hurricane Michael, clearing debris and making the Econfina and Altha sections of the Florida Trail accessible again using mechanized equipment and hand tools.  While the large blowdowns have been cleared, there’s still lots of work required to restore optimal trail conditions in this region.  

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew, have fun and give back to a precious resource!


Name: Hillcrest Baptist Church

City: Altha State: FL Zip code: 32421

Type: Front-country car camping


Facilities: Camping and RV/trailer parking is available (no hookups); the church has a large open property for us to use. Bring earplugs for the evening, there’s some nighttime traffic on the nearby road. The church has invested in a number of improvements to better serve thru-hikers, and bathrooms/showers are available.

Bathroom: Yes
Shower: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Power: Yes
RV Hookups: No

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST:  Florida National Scenic Trail, Steephead
Maintenance Unit: Pine Log State Forest

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 5 Miles
Activity Level: Moderate
Start Time: @ 9:00 AM
End Time: approx. 4:00 PM

Minimum Age: 16 years old (*Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a Legal Guardian. These individuals must also complete a Youth Waiver Form)
Max Group Size: 15 volunteers
Physical Difficulty: Moderate activities. Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on their individual comfort level and technical proficiency.

Restrictions: Only US Forest Service certified sawyers will be allowed to operate chainsaws on the Florida Trail.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information, and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Work Party.

Breakfast: Yes – @ 7:00 AM, Saturday &  Sunday
Lunch: Yes – lunch packed @ breakfast (sandwiches and snacks), Saturday & Sunday
Dinner: Yes – approx. 6:00 PM, Friday & Saturday

When registering, volunteers may indicate dietary needs and/or preferences, as well as known food allergies. If we are unable to honor your request, we’ll contact you so that you can provide your own meals. In most cases, we are able to accommodate special meal requests.

Questions About Registration
FTA Staff: 
Community Outreach Manager
Registration Contact: Van Tran, (352) 538-7639, VanT@floridatrail.org

Questions About the Project
FTA Staff: Panhandle Trail Program Manager
Project Contact: Adam Fryska, (850) 888-3502, AdamF@floridatrail.org

To register for this Volunteer Work Party please click the link below, and complete the linked Florida Trail Association form.

Registrations are first-come, first served by date time stamp. You will receive an email confirmation within 72 hours. The FTA reserves a 10-person wait-list, and will notify individuals on the wait list within two (2) weeks of the project date. Volunteers may be contacted the week of the event to fill open volunteer registrations.


This list is not a comprehensive pack list. Please use this list to help plan for your event.

One large backpack for all your personal items
One day pack, large enough to carry water, food, rain gear and other personal items
Pack cover (rain gear)
Safety Whistle

Tent (Rain Fly) and Footprint (if desired for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad or Inflatable Mattress
Foldable Camp Chair
Ear Plugs
Headlamp and/or small backpacking flashlight

Wicking T-shirts (synthetic or wool)
Wicking Underwear
Quick-Drying Pants and Shorts
Sturdy Work Pants
Long-Sleeve Shirts (for sun, bugs, thorny plants)
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Bandana or BuffWarm
Insulating Layers (Night) – Puffy Jacket, Vest, Pants and Hat
Rain Jacket or Poncho

One pair of Hiking Boots (required)*
One pair of Camp Shoes (closed-toed)

*Note: Hiking boots can be either trail runners or traditional hiking boots (ankle-support preferred). No tennis shoes or sandals.

Two 32-ounce water bottles
OR One 2-Liter hydration bladder bag (preferred)

*Note: Each person should be drinking at least 3-liters of water a day. This is your personal responsibility.

Sunscreen, lip balm, sun glasses, base-ball hat or other sun-shielding hat

DEET-based Bug Spray (recommended)
Head net

Bathroom Essentials (camp soap, toothbrush, etc.), Toilet Paper, Wash Cloth and Pack Towel

Any Prescription Medications or Over-the-Counter Medications (seasonal allergies, pain relievers (Ibuprofen for inflammation/pain), etc.)

At this Volunteer Work Party the Florida Trail Association will provide the following gear and services.

Experienced Crew Leaders
Appearances by FTA Regional Representatives

Hard Hat
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection

Mechanized Equipment (Mowers, Brush Cutters, Chainsaws, etc.)
Hand Tools (Loppers, Hand Saws, Etc.)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kitchen Essentials (Pots, Pans, Knives, Etc.)
Sanitary Stations (Bins, Soap, Water, Etc.)


Power will be available at this Volunteer Work Party

This event is hosted at a front-country campground with full restroom facilities


Thank you for volunteering with the Florida Trail Association. Your service allows millions to experience the unique wildlands in Florida!