June Polk Trails Newsletter
June Workdays
for the Recreation Complex Trail:
We will be holding work days on the following days from 9 am - 12 pm:
Saturday, June 20
Tuesday, June 23
Thursday, June 25
Tuesday, June 30
Please call Neal if you have any questions: 828-808-6928. If you have your own tools, please bring them so we do not have to share equipment.
AmeriCorps Trail Coordinator Position has been filled!
Molly Cantrell will be joining us in September; stay tuned! She has solid experience with GIS, youth, trail building, and social media, and is a great fit for our community! We can't wait for her to meet everybody!

June Trails E-Meeting Notes
  • Most area trails are open, though bathroom facilities are closed.
  • Rec Complex Trail: most of the remaining work is cleaning up the edges and adding some alternate routes to some of the more challenging sections.
  • Little White Oak Mt. Grants: The PARTF application has been submitted, and the RTP grant application will be completed over the summer.
  • Alexander's Ford: There has been an official recommendation from the Recreation Advisory Board to fix the muddy spots to make the original section more resilient and then allow horseback riding on that section only (not the new trail). They also recommend asking equestrian users to use a manure catcher bag.
  • Tom Raymond/ICC Loop: The Polk County Library has added a "Story Trail" to the hiking path. Come check it out!
  • SCLT: the Youth Hike challenge can be completed on your own, since the community-led hikes have been suspended. Want to participate? Download the Activity Log HERE. Workdays are being organized for various trails in the area. Contact Chuck Hearon if you are interested in helping: chearon@skyrunner.net
  • Conserving Carolina: Invasives removal is still taking place at Norman Wilder and check out the plants from the PAC office that have been moved to the Columbus branch of the Polk County Library!
  • Green River Gamelands Trails: the bathroom facilities and the Big Bradley Falls trail are closed but the other trails are open.
  • The next trails meeting is Monday, June 22 at Laura's place in Sunny View. Stay tuned for a reminder email.
Pick up your copy of the...

Paddle Trail Guide
for the
Broad & Green River
-Access point and river information for the 1st, 2nd, and Main Broad & Green River
-Boating access information for Lake Lure, Lake Adger, Moss Lake & Lake Bowen
-Suggested trips
-Locally made with local knowledge

From the Polk County Parks & Recreation office!
(105 N. Peak St., Columbus, NC 28722)
The Next Trails Committee Meeting is scheduled for
June 22nd.

Join Polk County Parks & Recreation to discuss current and future trails projects. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm. The meeting will take place at Laura's place in Sunny View. We will also be logged into Zoom so that if you feel more secure at home, you will not miss out on updates. Please call Laura at 843-685-1334 or email lbaird@polknc.org for her address if you would like to attend in person.

Topic: Trails Committee Zoom Meeting
Time: June 22, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 457 308 8514
Password: recrocks

The limit is 40 minutes, so if we get cut off, just join back in by clicking the link again!!
Spring has sprung! If you would like to have a photo featured on the Polk Trails Facebook page, email the image to us and include a short description.

Preferred content: In Polk County and on publicly accessible land.

Polk Trails regularly updates a calendar of outdoor events in the area.

  • We will update the calendar accordingly when we hear of things being reopened and restarted.

Access can be found on our website here .
The AmeriCorps Trails Coordinator works for Polk County Parks & Recreation through a grant from the  Polk County Community Foundation . The Trails Coordinator manages trail work days, various partnerships and other trail related initiatives in the county.
E-Mail contact information for us: trails@polknc.org
Visit the Polk Trails website and Facebook page below.

The Polk Trails website offers
  • Description, images, parking, and some maps for trail systems.
  • Events calendar.
  • Information on how to adopt-a-trail.
  • A Nature Navigators page (Polk County Middle School hiking club).
  • Links to maps and other resources.
  • Other general information.