FRIENDS is always searching for volunteers to adopt trails. While we presently have many active trail adopters up and down the Parkway, we also have plenty of trails waiting to be adopted. And those trails may go unattended for some time due to
constraints on the time available for Park maintenance employees to perform such functions.
Recently, several of our volunteers, including one new volunteer, took the extra step of working on Doughton Park's Bluff Ridge Primitive Trail, an unadopted trail in the area of trails they already maintain as individuals or as a group. Participating in this activity were Cary Simms, Aubrey Arrington (not shown), David Memory, and new volunteer and new FRIENDS member Kevin Byrne. Thanks to those folks for taking on this one-time project of removing fallen limbs and trees, redigging water drainages, and clipping new growth that was beginning to close in on the trail.
If you have a trail nearby that has not been adopted and is looking under-appreciated, we hope you will consider helping in keeping that trail open to hikers until an adopter is found. It is always a good idea to report your activity to the chapter in that area or let the FRIENDS office know. Some chapters plan work activities to maintain unadopted trails. By informing someone of your plans, a chapter can place their efforts elsewhere.
If your past volunteer work has not involved trail maintenance, the FRIENDS office can provide you with basic information on what volunteers are permitted to do and what should be reported to the attention of Park maintenance.