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Trail Supporter Patch

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, many DEC staff are working remotely. All patch orders received during this time will be fulfilled, but shipment may be delayed.

For just $5, anyone can support the maintenance and enhancement of hiking, biking, horseback riding and other non-motorized trails on State lands. The current patch design is a yellow disc with black lettering, which represents the markers used on state lands for connector trails.

How to Order

A hand holds up a yellow patch with black lettering in front of a river
The current patch design as of 10/15/2019

There are three different ways you can order the trail supporter patch:

  • It can be ordered at all stores where sporting licenses are sold.
  • It can be ordered over the phone at (866)-933-2257.
  • It can be ordered online through DEC's hunting and fishing license portal.
    • This option requires creating an account and submitting your driver's license number. The purchase of a license is NOT required in order to purchase a patch.
    • Once on this website, click "obtain a license/permit" and create an account. After you have an account, you can add a trail patch to your shopping cart from the "donations and subscriptions" section.

Help Support Trail Improvements

All funds raised from the purchase of the patch will be deposited in the Conservation Fund's Outdoor Recreation, Trail Maintenance, and Development Account. DEC administers more than 3,500 miles of non-motorized trails on State Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, Forest Preserve, and Multiple Use Areas.

Funding from the sale of trail supporter patches will also provide DEC's valuable partners in the Volunteer Stewardship Program with additional money to maintain and improve trails. The Volunteer Stewardship Program is a volunteer-based program which assists DEC with trail maintenance on DEC-administered lands.

Among those trails that will benefit from the patch are some of New York's finest and most well-known, including the Northville-Placid Trail, the Finger Lakes Trail, and the Long Path. Explore DEC-managed lands.