Trails Corner: Improvements on Avery Creek and Bennett Gap Trails
Greetings and a happy close of the year to you all! Although we have not yet seen our first real dusting of snow, there has been a flurry of activity on the trails of Pisgah this past month.
December saw the arrival of an eight-member Americorps National Civilian Community Corps crew to the Pisgah Ranger District. Their two weeks of trail work on the Pisgah were varied and fruitful. After a one-day orientation and training session, they completed necessary drainage maintenance on the John Rock Loop, parts of Cat Gap Loop, Upper Avery Creek Trail, and the lower parts of Shining Creek.
Americorps NCCC Crew
Avery Creek Turnpike and Footbridge Before and In Progress
A volunteer group from Pisgah Area SORBA also completed an extremely beneficial turnpike project this month. The team elevated a 45-foot section of perennially boggy ridgetop trail on the upper end of Bennett Gap trail, solving a muddy problem which will help in the long run to reduce resource damage and provide for a more pleasurable ride and hike. Next up, they’ll be working on an accompanying turnpike on the lower end of Bennett Gap.
Upper Bennet Gap Trail Turnpike Under Construction
Click here to read more about how the Americorps NCCC crew helped construct a significant turnpike and NEW footbridge on the Avery Creek Trail, and see photos of their work and the work of the Pisgah Area SORBA team on our website!
Thanks as always to our large group of trail volunteers for their many hours of work and for their dedication to the maintenance and improvement of our trails!