More than 350 volunteers worked on 23 projects across the Pisgah Ranger District to accomplish the following in a single day:
- Built a new 30-foot long bridge over Grogan Creek with turnpiked approach on Cat Gap Loop trail
- Performed heavy trail maintenance on Ledford Branch and Wolf Branch trails including rock armoring, grade dip construction, drainage improvement, turnpike construction, streambank reinforcement, seeding, and naturalizing edges of the trail corridor
- Rebuilt the first 300 feet of South Mills River trail in conjunction with professional trail builders from Trail Dynamics utilizing heavy machinery to repair severely entrenched trail through heavy rock armoring and grade dip construction
- Completed heavy trail work including tread maintenance, drainage improvement, step installation, rock work, and staircase construction on a section of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail at Skinny Dip Falls
- Installed 80 feet of split rail fencing at Sycamore Flats to protect the riverbanks of the Davidson River
- Utilized mini-excavator and ground crew to construct new and improve existing grade dips on the Pink Beds Loop trail
- Removed and treated non-native invasive plant species at three distinct locations across the Forest—Sycamore Flats, Pisgah Ranger Station, and Hard Times trailhead at Bent Creek
- Built more than 200 feet of turnpike with hardened, elevated trail tread in low-lying, boggy areas on the Exercise and Andy Cove Trails
- Removed trash from a five-mile stretch of Davidson River Road
- Built and installed two bat boxes to provide habitat by the Pisgah Ranger Station and near Davidson River campground
- Completed traditional trail maintenance with heavy drainage work on both sides of the Coontree Loop trail
- Cleared downed trees and performed trail maintenance on South Mills River, Cantrell Creek, and Horse Cove trails
- Completed multiple brushing projects at the Cradle of Forestry including brushing the Forest Discovery Trail and thinning undergrowth at the mature pine forest demonstration plot
- Completed trail maintenance including tread work, drainage improvement, and step construction on the Sunwall Trail leading to rock climbing areas on Looking Glass Rock
- Began construction of a locust staircase on Andy Cove Trail
- Removed graffiti from and repainted Frying Pan Tower and adjacent utility buildings
- Mulched, weeded, and watered extensive native plant garden beds at the Pisgah Ranger Station
- Painted gate and placed boulders to prevent illegal access and dumping on Forest Service Road 5021 (Walnut Cove) off of Highway 281
Additionally, a crew from Singletrack Trails performed trail maintenance on Middle Black Mountain Trail with an emphasis on drainage improvement and rock and locust armoring.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, Hunter Hometown Foundation, Hunter Subaru, D.D. Bullwinkel's Outdoors, Mast General Store, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pilot Cove, Range Urgent Care, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Vulcan Materials Company, Asheville Print Shop, Bartlett Tree Experts, Comporium, Ecusta Brewing, Gaia Herbs, GRAYL, Looking Glass Realty, Murphy’s Naturals, O.P. Taylor's, Piney Mountain Bike Lounge, Pisgah Coffee Roasters, Pisgah Map Co., REI, SylvanSport, Trail Dynamics, 3oak HandCrafted, Adventure Treks, ELEVATE Physical Therapy, First Citizens Bank, McNeely’s Store and Rental, PLATT, Samsel Architects, Water Oak Dental, LBM Industries, and Jennings Builders Supply.
The following partner groups were involved in Pisgah Project Day 2022:
U.S. Forest Service, Back Country Horsemen of Pisgah, Carolina Climbers Coalition, Carolina Mountain Club, Pisgah Area SORBA, Pisgah Cowboys, Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited, FIND Outdoors, NC Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council, Hemlock Restoration Initiative, and Transylvania County Master Gardeners.