Dear Will & Donna,
build the last segment of the MST trail in Durham County! The
FMST and Eno River Association will be building trail to close
the last gap, between River Forest Park and Penny's Bend. Once
this is complete you will be able to walk on natural surface
hiking trail all the way from Pleasant Green Road in Orange
County, down the Eno River past the Quarry, the Cabe Lands,
the Pump Station, Guess Road, West Point on the Eno all the
way to Falls Lake, and then the length of Falls lake. A
distance of more than 70 Miles!
be a joint Eno River/Falls lake section workday, as it will be
working on closing the gap between these two trail segments.
Hope to see a lot of you out there who worked on building the
Falls Lake trail, the Eno River trail, as well as having some
volunteers new to trail construction.
be meeting at the Penny's Bend parking area, near the Old
Oxford Road Bridge across the Eno River.
the tools we will need for this workday, though trail section
maintainers - if you have a mattocks, fire rake, clippers you
can bring that would be great.
workday will be canceled in the event of rain or other
inclement weather. An Email will be sent out Friday before the
workday canceling the event, if necessary. If possible it is
great if volunteers can car pool, as parking is limited.
Please RSVP to [address removed] to
make sure you are on the mailing list so that you will receive
any cancellation notices. The rain date is set for
Sunday - May 19, 2013!
workday set is National Trails Day - June 1, 2013!
Eno River group is now working closely with the Eno River
Association on trail maintenance at Eno River State Park. Kurt
Schlimme is coordinating this trail maintenance work. This
collaboration has allowed us to expand the trail maintenance
work to the entire park trail network. Kurt is still looking
for volunteers to help maintain specific trails on a monthly
basis. If you are interested, contact Kurt at [address removed]. For more
information on the FMST group, go to www.ncmst.org.
to thank REI for sponsoring the food at our workdays. They
have been providing coffee and biscuits to get us started in
now been a couple years since we built new trail. However,
every bit as important to this project as the building of new
trail is the maintenance of the completed sections of the MST
trail. I really want to thank all of you who have been coming
out to the trail maintenance workdays.
large part to your work, the trail from Pleasant Green Road to
River Forest Park, and the trail from Penny's Bend to the
Falls Lake Dam are in good shape. Once this trail gap is
closed, we will once again focus on trail maintenance, and on
closing the other trail gaps at Eno River State
things for the Saturday May 18th workday:
weather looks bad, (heavy rain, thunderstorms) then the
workday will be canceled, and we will try for Sunday. I will
send out an E-mail the day before if this is the case. Please
dress appropriately. For trail work, long pants and a long
sleeve shirt are often good, as there is a lot of brush and
brambles, particularly along the river. If you choose to wear
shorts, be aware that you may get somewhat scratched
Work clothes and solid shoes or hiking
Plenty of water
Work gloves, if you have them (If not, we have
repellent - the ticks are starting to come out
Safely. This is the most important thing, and our main
carefully. If you do not know how to use a particular tool, or
what to do in a particular circumstance please ask. Do not
work too close together and be careful with rakes, shovels,
and mattocks to avoid hitting the person next to you. When
walking past another volunteer, please say something so they
know you are there.
lift anything heavier than you can comfortably
own limits. This is not a race. We will be working on building
and maintaining this trail for years to come. Take plenty of
breaks. Make sure to drink plenty of water.
that building trail is not like walking on a finished, well
maintained trail. There are holes in the ground to step in,
branches to trip over, thorns, wasps, poison ivy, ticks,
chiggers, snakes, and other hazards. Please be cautious.
good time. This is a scenic area. There are box turtles,
heron, woodpeckers, deer, beaver, and other wildlife in this
area as well as scenic overlooks of the river, and historic