2017: More Than A Store

To truly be more than a store, we must give back to the community in which we live. We think it is vital to support local organizations that align with our values. Our 5-race trail run series has raised tens of thousands of dollars for open space, children in danger, nature education, college scholarships and handicapped empowerment.

We just celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our Wild and Scenic Film Festival that has raised over $100,000 for The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and the Stroud Water Research Center. These are just the big ones. There have been countless donations for schools, scout troops, animal welfare, conservation and disease prevention to name just a few.

None of this would have been possible without your loyalty to us. We want to thank you for supporting Trail Creek Outfitters and hope that you know that when you purchase something from us you are purchasing more than an item. Your dollars are being paid forward to make our little neck of the woods a better place. Thank you for 36 great years.

Check us out through the years. Click image at right for more picts.

10th Anniversary Wild & Scenic Film Festival: February, 2017

WE ASKED OUR AUDIENCE: What is ONE idea you learned that you are going to use to create change in your life?

2015-16 Community Support Remains Strong

Thank you for all of your loyalty during the past 12 months. Because you “supported local,” we were able to give back to our community. Together, we raised over $55,000 to support environmental organizations and support those in need in our community.

We are proud of what we’ve accomplished and want to say a huge thank you for helping us give back.

Our 2015 community support includes:

Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Over $14,000 was donated to Stroud Water Research and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC).


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Trail Run Series: Over $15,000 was collected over 5 races for different local non-profits. For more info on the series click here.

Race #1: Granogue Estate 10K $1,000 was raised for Velo Amis.

Race #2: Brandywine Valley Association 10K $1,500 was donated to the Red Clay Valley Association.

Race #3: Race to Save the World/Enoch Memorial Run 10K Almost $6,000 in scholarship money was donated to students at Newark High and the University of Delaware.

Race #4: Stateline Loop 5K/10K Trail Run for Conservation Raised $11,000 for The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.

Race #5: Chasin for Chalfin 10K Run A large third wheel (seen on the front of Jake’s wheelchair) was purchased so that other people in wheelchairs can go off road. How fun is that!!!

Jake in Iceland

Jake in Iceland

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County: Trail Creek helped secure the following grants through our amazing brands:

$5,000 from The North Face Explore Fund for Outdoor Education Series
$1,000 from Outdoor Industry Association for Bucktoe Preserve
$8,000 from KEEN for Chandler Mill Nature Preserve

The North Face Backpack Drive: We collected 25 backpacks for The North Face Pack Drive that went to local veterans and schools.

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Mighty Milledge: Milledge was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare bone marrow failure condition. He couldn’t make it to the beach or the pool this summer, so we had you provide some fun for him by posting pictures of yourself on vacation wearing your Mighty Milledge shirt. We also raised over $250 to help fund medical expenses.

UBB Brandywine River Clean-up: 2,000 pounds of trash was removed from the Brandywine River in September, with the help of over 100 volunteers. TCO joined forces with UBB to help them reach their 250,000 pound milestone! Weird trash finds: hubcap, rollerblade, underwear, wood flooring, shoes and much, much more.

One Warm Coat: Last December, TCO customers donated 75 coats which were given to the Friendship House in Wilmington, DE. We’re doing it again this year. Scroll down to read how you can participate this year.

One last thing:

Honeygrow Featured TCO in Local Loves

Thanks Honeygrow for an awesome feature blog post and interview with Ed! Read it here.

2014: Supporting Our Community

Thank you for all of your loyalty during the past 12 months. Because you “supported local” we were able to give back to your community in a number of ways. Here are just a few things that together we were able to accomplish in 2014:

February: Wild and Scenic Film Festival. All proceeds from the two-day fest donated to Stroud Water Research and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC).

February and September: Supported the BVA’s Polar Plunge and Jam on the Brandywine.

March through August: Trail Run Series. Donated $26,000+ to local organizations. Get the details here.

October: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we donated 10% of proceeds from our Think Pink event to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


October: Timmy O’Neil event held at TCO in support of Paradox Sports, the organization that improves people’s lives by creating physical adaptive sport communities built to inspire.

December: Because of your generosity, we were able to keep over 75 people warm this winter. We held a coat drive for One Warm Coat and donations went to the Friendship House of Wilmington Delaware.

Read about the 2014 coat drive when Grass Rots Outdoor Alliance featured Trail Creek’s coat drive:

How to Spread Warmth in Your Community this Holiday Season

2013: The Year In Giving Back

Our mission is simple: To outfit your free time with the best outdoor brands while giving back to our community.

Here are some of the ways your loyal support enabled us to give back in 2013:

February – 7th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Fest: $4,800 each to Stroud Water Research and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC).

March – TCO’s 30th Anniversary. Thank you for not making us the next L.L. Bean, but the first Trail Creek Outfitters.

March – The North Face Never Stop Exploring Award: $1,000 each to Brandywine Valley Association, Stroud Water Research, TLC, Delaware Nature Society and Natural Lands Trust.

April thru July – Trail Creek Trail Run Series benefitting: BVA, Velo Amis, TLC and Chasin’ for Chalfin.

On August 10th, United by Blue, TCO and over 40 volunteers pulled 1,489 pounds of trash from along the Brandywine Creek, soon to be home to the first state’s first national park. Thanks to all our volunteers including 1-800-GOT-JUNK? of Delaware, Wilderness Canoes, Starbucks at Glen Eagle Square and Woodlawn Trustees.

October – Inspirational talk by climber Emily Harrington.

Hilarious and moving talk by climber Timmy O’Neill raising $3,500 for Paradox Sports.

Patagonia’s 40th Anniversary when we asked our customers to Get your Patagonia on!

November: Trail Creek’s Home for Haiti event raises almost $3,000 of the $6,000 needed to build a home in Haiti for a family displaced by the great earthquake in 2010.

In September 2012, Trail Creek won the first Never Stop Exploring Award from The North Face. The award recognizes a specialty dealer that “had the most impact strengthening their community by encouraging outdoor exploration.” Todd Spaletto, President of The North Face, was in the store to present the award. Thanks to our loyal customers for keeping it local.

More Web Sites for Important Environmental Info:

Protecting Our Waters

Delaware River Keeper


More organizations we support:

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Fairville School

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Guilty Girls


Howard High SChool


Junior League of Phila

Kutz Home

Live Strong Foundation

Ministry of Caring

MS Society


Padua Academy


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Penn Hunt Club

Prostate Cancer Foundation


St John's

Stroud Water Research

The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County

Temple Beth El

PA Wellness Comunity

Upland Country Day School


Westtown School

Willowdale Steeple Chase


Young Friends of the Brandywine