IMPACT: Friends Improving Allegany County Trails, Inc. (IMPACT) was organized in the spring and summer of 2021. We incorporated as a non-profit corporation in July 2021. We are registered with the New York State Charities Bureau and have received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS.
Our purpose is to provide a unified voice for Allegany County trail users, to coordinate the improvement, development and maintenance of high-quality, year-round, multi-use trails, and to educate the public about trails and their location in New York State.
Located in central Allegany County, the West Almond Trail System is a series of loops and spurs, covering about 29 miles open to horses. These trails are multipurpose and also allow hikers and cross-country skiers to use the trail system. The trail system is closed to horses between October 1 and May 31 annually.
The location of the trail system is ideal: average annual snowfall for this area exceeds most other areas of NYS due to its relatively high altitude and proximity to lake-effect snow events downwind from Lake Erie. “Snow at higher elevations” means Phillips Creek Trails are the place to be for outdoor winter activities!
Through a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, IMPACT is authorized to responsibly develop and groom the cross country ski trails in Phillips Creek, Turnpike and Palmer’s Pond State Forests.
In winter 2021-2022 we groomed with a Ski-doo Skandic work sled and a compaction drag. Phillips Creek State Forest trails 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are slated to be groomed next season.