Trail Work Database - Roanoke VA 

         

 

Pathfinders For Greenways

      

This site is used to keep track of Trail Projects and Volunteer hours for the Roanoke area. several groups are working together with the common goal to have better trails in the Roanoke Valley. These groups represent Hikers, Runners, Bikers, and Equestrians.

We use this site to keep as many people as possible informed about what is going on with the local trails and to let you know when trail work is planned in case you want to help out or comment on it.

This is a web based database to keep track of trail projects and hours. These hours help with grants and also can be used to reward the volunteers. Using the filters and sorting available to everyone, reports can be made for any time frame and hours for different locations and projects can be tracked.

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Upcoming Trail Work

Completed Trail Work

Upcoming Trail Work

Many weekends throughout the year we have a trail work day. Lately we have been concentrating on the trails at Carvins Cove. If you have joined the trail crew and entered your email address, then you will receive notice whenever we are having a work day.

Contact Brian Batteiger if you have any questions or suggestions...467-1629.


Every Wednesday the Mid Week crew puts in a whole day of work on the trails. They normally begin around 9am and work until around 4pm. The work location will vary.

Contact Bill Gordge if you are interested...774-3016.

Completed Trail Work

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Earth Day - Poor Mt Preserve: (4-2009)

This was a PUBLIC WORK DAY sponsored by Pathfinders and DCR, in recognition of Earth Day. A total of 24 adults and children attended, about 150 ft. of trail was built, the weather was delightful, Pathfinders supplied lunch, drinks, snacks,water bottles, T-shirts and greenway maps, and DCR supplied a range of instructive literature on The Natural Heritage Program and The Poor Mounrain Preserve.

Click the Report button below to check out the project report for all volunteer work days on this project. Then click on each workday to see who helped out.


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Earth Day Pictures by Ernie Rakes (Salem Camera Club)



Green Hill Park - Arbor & Pavers: (2-2009)

The Mid-week Crew laid the pavers at the Greenway Trail Head under the new arbors and pathway from the parking lot. The new benches were also installed under the arbors.

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Carvins Cove - Gauntlet Reroute: (11-2008)

The fire fighting earlier in the year caused damage to the top of the old trail that would have taken a lot of work to fix. Instead of spending time fixing a fall line trail which will always require a lot of maintenance to control errosion, a reroute was laid out. The reroute follows the contour of the mountain side which results in less water running down the trail. Plenty of grade reversals have been used to force the water off the trail.

To keep with some of the feel of the old trail, it is still steep and it does not have any switchbacks. A nice feature of the new trail is that it comes out right accross from the Hi-Dee-Hoe Trail. The width of the trail tread is around 2 foot. This is around the same width of the old trail before the fire damage or errosion widening. New machine built trails look much wider when they are new, but will quickly grow back in with plant life in the loose disturbed soil that is not being used by trail users.

This project took 16 days with a total of 452.8 Volunteer hours. 46 different volunteers helped with this project. The reroute is around 3/4 of a mile long.

Pathfinders for Greenways supplied the Ditch Witch SK500, truck, powered wheelbarrow, gas, hand tools, and food & drinks for this project.

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Green Hill Park - Has a New Trail: (6-2008)

Pathfinders for Greenways, in partnership with The Roanoke County Department of Parks and Recreation, is working on improvements to the present trail system at Green Hill Park.

The new trail extends from the fisherman’s path at the end of the Roanoke River Greenway for about one half mile along the forested lower slope of Green Hill, to the foot-bridge at the eastern end of the park near Harborwood Drive.

This is a natural-surface trail available for pedestrian and bike travel and opens up the potential for several nice circuit routes. It is notable for its easy grade, and beautiful woodland setting featuring exceptionally large buckeye trees, and abundant wildflowers in season.

The project was completed in 6 workdays with 523 volunteer-hours. This included one public workday, National Trails Day, involving 30 volunteers, and one day in which Long and Foster Reality Company supplied 9 individuals for its annual public service day. Pathfinder’s mid-week crew provided the basic trail work, with over-site by Liz Belcher the Greenway Coordinator, and staff of Roanoke County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Carvins Cove - Wind & Fire Damage Repairs: (3-2008)

8 out of the past 10 days (ending 3-22-2008) the volunteers have been working to get most of the trails open again. The high wind did more temporary damage than the fire. We lost count, but over 400 trees had to be cut out of the trails. Many times they were piled 3 to 5 deep in a tangled mess that was tricky to cut. We decided to go ahead with a reroute of part of the Enhanted Forest that was planned anyway since it avoided the worst damaged section. This was the muddiest section of that trail anyway.

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Read Mountain - The Making Of A County Park: (2-2008)

Read mountain is a prominent landmark located just north of Roanoke, 3/4ths. lying in Roanoke County, 1/4th in Botetourt County. About 3 miles long and just over 2,300 ft. in elevation, it is one of those odd mountains that seem to pop up through the valley floor far from the mountain ranges that mark out the valley’s borders.


Read Mountain: view from the Blue Ridge Parkway

In dramatic contrast to the intense development along the lower slopes of the mountain, as evident in the above photograph, the higher levels have remained essentially undisturbed for more than 100 years, mainly due to the rugged terrain.

In 2000 Ron Crawford, a local resident, initiated a grass roots organization called The Read Mountain Alliance, which is working with property owners to secure easements, with the goal of protecting the high slopes and ridge line, in addition to developing a county park. The Western Virginia Land Trust, Roanoke County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Pathfinders for Greenways are playing significant roles in this effort.


Ron Crawford (right) and Bill Gordge planning a trail

In 2002 a 90-acre tract was acquired, and some trail construction was performed, however no public access was available. Recently a land developer has donated 152 acres to Roanoke County, now affording public access to the southeastern section of the mountain through the Samuel’s Gate subdivision.


View of Read Mountain from Samuel’s Gate

An access trail is currently being constructed by The Pathfinders for Greenway’s Mid-Week Trail Crew volunteers but it is not yet ready for general public use. See below for details of their work.

The ultimate vision is to strive for protection of all the land above the 1800 ft. contour line, which constitutes about 400 acres. The area will be managed by Roanoke County as a Park.

Few people realize that Read Mountain is a hidden treasure in their own backyard. 170 thousand people live within a 10-mile radius of the mountain! With the amazing biological diversity of an undisturbed upland forest, and the huge potential for outdoor recreation - including connections to the valley greenway system - Read Mountain deserves protection as one of Roanoke Valley’s great natural resources.

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Carvins Cove - Four Gorge Trail Bridge:
(9-2007)

This is the large bridge for what we had been calling the Connector Trail.

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Carvins Cove - Trail Signs: (6-2007)

Have you noticed the new signs on most trails? This should help keep the new visiters from getting lost and help if search and rescue is needed. It will help if everyone learns the correct names for the trails. These names were decided on after many meetings with representatives from the user groups to compromise on a set of names back around 2003.

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