Help TRLC Build New Trails!

October 10, 2018

Tar River Land Conservancy (TRLC) plans to open 2½ miles of new hiking trails at the Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area in February 2019.  Chase Robinson, who recently joined TRLC through the AmeriCorps program, is recruiting volunteers to complete the trail network expansion.  Trails will start at a parking lot that will be located at 3258 Old NC-75 just east of the Town of Stem.  The new trails will complete the second phase of the trail network at the 381-acre Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area.  The public can currently access three miles of trails at the parking area located at 3189 Brogden Road.

“Since we opened the first phase of the trail system in January 2017, we’ve averaged 17 visitors per day,” noted Derek Halberg, TRLC’s Executive Director.  “We’re excited to work with volunteers and local officials to construct more trails for the community to enjoy.”

Hiking trails will be constructed using hand tools to minimize impacts to soil and vegetation. The trails will feature hardwood forest found along Ledge Creek, an old farm pond, and areas being converted to native wildflower meadows to benefit pollinator insects.  Volunteers have already constructed 1½ miles of the new trails.

“We have volunteer jobs for everyone, even those who’ve never built hiking trails,” highlighted Mr. Robinson.  “We’ll provide the tools and training to fit each volunteer’s abilities and experience level.”

Volunteers can participate in one or more of the upcoming work days scheduled for the following dates:

Wednesday, October 17, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, October 27, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, October 31, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Please contact Chase Robinson at 919-496-5902 or crobinson@tarriver.org to sign up for a specific work day.  Additionally, Mr. Robinson can schedule team service learning events for community and business groups separate from the regularly scheduled work days.  Please contact him if your group may be interested in helping to build trails!