Adopt-A-Trail Program Available in Kenosha County

Kenosha County Adopt-A-Trail Program

A group of adults and children participating in a clean-up activity along a roadside on a sunny dayFor groups looking for volunteer opportunities, there is no better scenery than the Kenosha County’s Adopt-A-Trail program.

In late 2012, Kenosha County received a request from Liz Carlson, of the Somers Chargers 4-H Club, to adopt a trail in a County Park.

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser asked the County Parks Division to explore other adopt-a-trail programs and to develop one for Kenosha County. County Executive Kreuser liked the idea because it would allow the Parks Division to become more engaged with community organizations and volunteers. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Trail program provided an excellent model for Kenosha County to replicate.

The basics of the Kenosha County program are that:

  • Sponsors will participate in a minimum of 3 days of activity per year.
  • Trail adoption is for a minimum of 3 years.
  • 2 Trail Adoption signs with the sponsor’s name will be paid for and posted on both trailheads of the adopted section(s) of trail by the County.
  • Trash bags will be available through the County and when full may be left by the trail for County pickup.
  • Basic trail maintenance entails trash clean up, removal of invasive species and minor brush cutting.
  • One adult supervisor must be present for every 10 juveniles under 16 years of age.

The Somers Chargers 4-H Club held its first trail cleanup day on May 19, 2013.

Trails adopted to date:

Somers Chargers 4-H Club: Kenosha County Multi Use Trail from Birch Road, north to County Highway E, west to Petrifying Springs Park.

Salem BSA Troop 328/Venture Crew 328: Silver Lake Icehouse Trail, from County Highway B through to Silver Lake Park to County Highway F.

Kenosha County Archaeological Society: Kenosha County Multi Use Trail, from County Highway E north to the Racine/Kenosha County Line.

Trails still available to be "adopted" are:

For more information about the county’s Adopt-A-Trail program, call the Parks Division at 262-857-1869.