Without Trails

Volunteers needed to build hiking trails


CREEDMOOR — Now more than ever, communities need places close to home to walk in the woods, breathe fresh air, and appreciate the beauty and sounds of nature. That’s why Tar River Land Conservancy is recruiting volunteers to turn two properties near Creedmoor into new hiking trail destinations.

The properties will be named the Horseshoe Road Nature Preserve and Robertson Creek Nature Preserve once they’re opened to the public in 2022.

The conservancy is seeking volunteers to help build trails at both properties on workdays scheduled from September through November:

The Horseshoe Road Nature Preserve is at 3018 Horseshoe Rd, Creedmoor, NC 27522, and future Wednesday workdays will be on Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27. There will also be a Saturday workday on Oct. 16. Times are 9 a.m. to noon.

The Robertson Creek Nature Preserve is at 2173 E. Wilton Ave., Creedmoor, NC 27522. Wednesday workdays are on Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, and there is a Saturday workday on Nov. 20. Times are 9 a.m. to noon.

To register for one or more workdays, please contact the conservancy by email at volunteer@tarriver.org or by phone at 919-496-5902. TRLC will design a service event for business teams, faith-based groups, service clubs or Scout troops upon request.

Workdays will be led by a TRLC staff member or experienced trail-building volunteer. Trails will be constructed using hand-tools including loppers, hand saws, rakes and shovels. Volunteers may assist in the construction of wooden footbridges and benches along the trail. Tools, safety equipment, and training will be provided by TRLC. No previous experience is needed. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers who will provide feedback and support.

The conservancy plans to open 1.3 miles of trails at the Robertson Creek Nature Preserve and two miles of trails at the Horseshoe Road Nature Preserve. Trails at both sites are expected to be opened to the public by June 2022. The trails will lead visitors through pine and hardwood forest, across streams, and past scenic wetlands frequented by wildlife. Once the trails are opened to the public, visitors will have access year-round during daylight hours.

TRLC currently offers 6.5 miles of hiking trails at the Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area and the Roberts Chapel Conservation Area, which are near the towns of Butner and Stem in Granville County.

The Tar River Land Conservancy is a nationally-accredited land trust that preserves natural resources across an eight-county region of North Carolina — Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash, Person, Vance and Warren counties. Since 2000, it has protected 22,360 acres of land and 192 miles of streams. To learn more, please visit www.tarriver.org.


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