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Trail Volunteer Days

>>> Meet at the location specified in the calendar by 9:45 am <<<

Fall/winter projects are:

  • Blowing/raking leaves off trails
  • Reclaiming the north end of the Bend Trail
  • Building the Bobcat Trail
  • adding signs to existing trails
  • refreshing blazes
  • reflagging horse trails and clearing the corridor

The tools you should bring are listed to the right >>>

Trail Spotlight: Bobcat Trail

(click map to enlarge) — The Bobcat Trail is open from the Park High Point on Flat Rock Trail to the Rock Garden and back to the Flat Rock Trail via the connector. It is blazed with red diamonds. We have a little work to do on the grading, but it is hikeable and should be hiked to compact the surface!

The rest of the Bobcat Trail is not open and hikers should stay on the Flat Rock Trail. The Bobcat Trail traverses steep sideslopes, and you risk injury if you walk the route before we build the rest of the trail. This trail is designed to be difficult, to give hikers and trail runners are real workout!

Flat Rock Trail

September 28, 2013 - our trail blazing crew cleared, graded, blazed and declared open the Flat Rock Trail, a one-mile "lollipop loop" that meanders through old hardwoods to the park's highest point (961' elevation), out onto the 'famous' Flat Rock that was a popular hangout spot way back when, down into a hardwood-shaded boulder field, and through Montane longleaf pine grasslands.

The trail is marked with red blazes. NOTE: when crossing the open granite,please follow the blazes and WATCH YOUR STEP!! The Flat Rock area is a sensitive ecosystem that is recovering from decades of abuse.

Trail Spotlight: Wild Turkey Trail Extension

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Wild Turkey Trail West Extension

January 30, 2016 - our trail blazing crew cleared, blazed and declared open a new section of the the Wild Turkey Trail. The 1/2-mile trail begins at the Campground Loop/Riverside Trail spur. It takes hikers past the double beaver dams and ponds before meandering to the east side of Campground 1. The trail is marked with blue blazes.

February 20, 2016 - we had a fantastic group for the Volunteer Day. They busted behinds so much we managed to clear the rest of the trail all the way to the semi-temporary Bobwhite Way bridge crossing.

March 12, 2016 - a smaller tactical crew today crushed it! We completely connected the Wild Turkey Trail to the Tower Trail and existing Wild Turkey Trail, then cut the trail surface level where needed and installed sign posts and blazes. Came back the next day to totally finish the project. All that's left is paint on the trees!


Park Map - as of 11/20/2016

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Volunteer Gear + Trail Tools

  • Boots and work gloves
  • Water
  • High-energy good-carb snacks
  • rakes: leaf, garden, or landscaping (leaf pref.)
  • wheelbarrows
  • post-hole diggers
  • shovels, picks, adze hoes
  • loppers and pruning shears
  • hand saws: bow, pruning, etc.
  • machetes
  • sling blades
  • gas- or battery-powered string trimmers
  • gas-powered blowers
  • axes and hatchets

Weather Assessments

We make weather assessments prior to every volunteer day, usually the days before, but sometimes as late as an hour before the scheduled start.

Our Volunteer Days are listed on our Facebook Group, and in our Meetup Group. so any change in status will occur there. In addition, we will email those who have emailed an RSVP.

Volunteer Day Recaps



Updated 23 November, 2016   

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Newnan, GA 30263