Eno River - Falls Lake Joint MST
and Eno River Association
Trail Construction Work
May 18th, 2013, 9AM-4PM (Rain date Sunday May 19th)
Time to 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!
This will be a joint Eno River/Falls lake
section and Eno River Association 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.
We will be meeting at the Penny’s
Bend parking area, near the Old Oxford Road Bridge across the Eno River.
have 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
The 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 ifvolunteers
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.
Directions to the meeting
place: Penny’s Bend Parking Area.
see also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MwhAh80PQ4Refreshments including lunch for this workday are provided by REI.
FMST 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,
to thank REI for sponsoring the food at our workdays. They have been providing
coffee and biscuits to get us started in the morning.
It has 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.
Thanks in 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 Park.
Important things for the Saturday May 18th
If the 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
What you will need:
Work clothes and solid shoes or
Plenty of water
Work gloves, if you have them (If
not, we have some)
Insect repellent – the ticks are starting to
Work Safely. This is the most important
thing, and our main goal.
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
Do not lift anything heavier than you can comfortably
Know you 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.
Remember 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.
Have a 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