Crow’s Nest: Volunteer Project November 17 and 18 on Horse-Shoe Trail

October 23, 2018

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

We’ll have another opportunity to get our hands and feet dirty this fall, improving a section of the Horse-Shoe Trail where it passes through Crow’s Nest! Join volunteers from the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy in building a raised treadway through a section of trail that has become compacted and wet from use.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

We will be moving tons of gravel, mainly by wheelbarrow, to create a raised “turnpike” surface on the trail which will keep hikers on the narrow path instead of striking out to the sides to look for dry ground—which only makes more mud. We’ll also be lining the trail sides with rocks or logs to keep the gravel from moving. This project has been on hold for a couple months while the ground dries out but we think we can wrap it up in November—with your help.

We will work in two shifts on Saturday, November 17 and one on Sunday, November 18: 8:30 – 12:30 each day and 12:00 – 4:00 on Saturday afternoon. We’ll meet at the Crow’s Nest visitor center barn, 201 Piersol Road, and drive about a mile to get closer to the work site, accessible from Trythall Road. Then we’ll still have a long hike to get back to the far southwestern corner of the preserve where the project will take place. Sign up for one or more shifts and prepare to have fun!

Use this link to register for either of the work days: