The "Bend Friends" are volunteers who build and maintain hiking trails (and soon, mountain bike and equestrian trails) at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. We help with park beautification (like planting native wildflowers and other plants), community awareness, fund raising and education. We also host river cleanups, fun family events, and lots more. The Bend Friends are the first chapter of Friends of GA State Parks to be chartered before we even had a park! We've been cleaning up the parkland since 2009 and have built 8+ miles of hiking trails since 2010. We have another 5 miles ready to blaze, plus 12+ miles of mountain bike trails and 11 miles of horse trails under review. You do not need to be a member of Friends of GA State Parks to volunteer!
Trail Days are set aside for trail maintenance with our Trails Director. We will mostly work on hiking trails, but sometimes bike trails, too.
Our activity for the day will be posted in event comments.
We'll provide most tools, but it's always nice to have extra rakes, string trimmers and blowers (especially in the fall).
Our Adopt-A-Trail program is an on-your-own-time opportunity to keep a section of trail pleasant to hike. Simple tools such as leaf rakes, pruning shears, loppers and hand saws are pretty much all you need. Bring a friend along and you'll get done faster.
In the fall, a gas-powered blower will get the leaves off the trail quickly.
For more information, check out our Adopt-A-Trail page at http://www.bendfriend.com/adoptatrail.html