Why should I join the Finger Lakes Trail Conference?
If you have a passion for hiking and access to the Finger Lakes Trail, becoming a member of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC) is a no brainer. Not only will your annual membership dues aid the FLTC conference in paying for operating costs, you’ll also meet other members of this active hiking club who are just as passionate and dedicated as you.
Particularly if you are a beginner hiker just starting out, joining the Finger Lakes Trail can give you access to a wealth of knowledge of experienced hikers who know the trail inside and out. Even if you are an experienced hiker who’s finally able to thru hike the Finger Lakes Trail, membership benefits you in so many ways even before reaching end-to-end status.
Participate in group hikes and events, volunteer to maintain sections of the Finger Lakes Trail near your home, and make new friendships over your love of hiking. All of those are just a few of the reasons why becoming a member, or renewing your membership, benefits you and the Finger Lakes Trail.
How long does my membership last?
Memberships are valid for a one year period from April 1 to March 31. Your membership is extremely important to the FLTC! If your membership has expired, please consider renewing by visiting www.fltconference.org. You can also contact us for more information.
Can I give membership as a gift?
You sure can! If you already have a Finger Lakes Trail Conference membership, you know the benefits are immeasurable. Give a gift at any level and aid us in growing our membership count.
OK, I’m convinced! How do I become a member?
Easy! It’s all just a click away.
The Normal Stuff
- Subscription to the quarterly Finger Lakes Trail News
- 20% discount for all purchases made in the Finger Lakes Trail Store
- A vote at general membership meetings
The Awesome Stuff
- The satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing to preserving and maintaining the Finger Lake Trail’s legacy
- Online members-only benefits (coming soon)
- Special members-only FLTC events
FLTC Fast Facts
- The FLTC was started in 1962 by Wallace “Wally” Wood Johnson
- As of 2015, the Finger Lakes Trail had a total of approximately 400 end-to-end or thru hikers – that means they each hiked all 558 miles of the main portion of the Finger Lakes Trail!
- FLTC volunteers donate as many as 15,000 hours annually to help maintain and preserve the trail