If you love nature and are looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community, look no further. Building, improving and maintaining trail networks is a rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity. A handful of local organizations host regular volunteer trail maintenance work days in parks and recreational spaces throughout the Roanoke Valley.

Here are four ways that you can find an upcoming volunteer trail maintenance work day:

1. TRAIL WORK DAYS SPONSORED BY ROANOKE PARKS AND RECREATION

Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation  section regularly hosts volunteer trail work days throughout the city. Trail work days typically take place on the trails in Mill Mountain Park or at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. Participants must be over the age of 18 or 14+ if accompanied by an adult. All you need are sturdy shoes, water, work gloves and energy!

What you will do:

  • Help construct new trails
  • Maintain and improve existing trails
  • Learn basic trail maintenance techniques and skills

For more information about Roanoke Parks and Recreation volunteer trail maintenance work days, please contact Renee Powers, Roanoke Parks and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Supervisor for Trails and Trail Programming at renee.powers@roanokeva.gov or 540-853-2236.

2. PATHFINDERS FOR GREENWAYS WEEKEND CREW

Pathfinders for Greenways also offers trail work at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. Join other hikers, runners, bikers and equestrians to give back to the trails. Volunteers meet at Bennett Springs Parking Lot at 9 a.m. to get started. Bring eye protection, sturdy shoes and gloves. Let Pathfinders know if you are able to make the work day by e-mailing volunteers@greenways.org or call Brian Batteiger at 540-467-1629. Visit Pathfinders for Greenways to find upcoming trail work dates and more information!

3. RIMBA VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAYS

The Roanoke International Mountain Biking Association (RIMBA) is a great organization that supports the local mountain biking community. They also help maintain and build new multi-purpose trails at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve and Mill Mountain Park. If you’re interested in volunteering with RIMBA, please contact Chad Wheeling at trails@roanokeimba.org or 540-397-0775. Chad will help you connect with a crew leader so you can learn about upcoming work days.

4. BLUE RIDGE GRAVITY TRAIL WORK DAYS

Blue Ridge Gravity also organizes trail work days in Roanoke. They are currently working on maintaining the OG and Trough Expert trails at Carvins Cove and are finishing up construction on Royalty trail. If you’d like to help out, please contact Renee Powers, Roanoke Parks and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Supervisor for Trails and Trail Programming at renee.powers@roanokeva.gov or 540-853-2236. Renee will help you connect with a crew leader.