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.

Current Project: Armoring Enchanted Forest trail at Carvins cove

 

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!

Current project: New Construction! Rock N Roll trail at Carvins Cove

3. BROC VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAYS

The Blue Ridge Off Road Cyclists (BROC, formerly Roanoke IMBA) is a great organization that supports the local mountain biking community. They also help maintain and build new multi-purpose trails in City Parks. If you’re interested in volunteering with BROC, please contact Aaron Hall, Third Deck Crew Leader at hallam3@mymail.vcu.edu

Current Project: New Construction! Third Deck Trail at Carvins Cove

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, Royalty, and Trough Expert trails at Carvins Cove. If you’d like to help out, please contact Renee Powers, Roanoke Parks and Recreation Trails and Greenways Supervisor at renee.powers@roanokeva.gov or 540-853-2236. Renee will help you connect with a crew leader.

 

More interested in volunteering on greenways than trails?

1. Become a greenway Ambassador

Greenway Ambassadors are volunteers that strive to enhance the greenway user experience by sharing the knowledge of routes, available resources, etiquette, and respect for other users on greenway trails throughout the City of Roanoke. Their goal is to assist users of all ages and experience levels to have a safe, fun, outdoor experience. For more information and to sign up to be a greenway ambassador, click here! This link also shows many other volunteer opportunities with our department. 

2. Sign your group up for a Greenway cleanup

We have several sections of greenway that tend to accumulate trash. Contact Renee Powers, Trails and Greenways Supervisor at renee.powers@roanokeva.gov to find out how to sign up your group to do a trash cleanup on and adjacent to greenways and trails!