Keeping trails in top condition not only keeps hikers happy, but it’s good for the environment!
Donor-funded trail maintenance crews makes for happy hikers, bikers, and healthy habitats. In the past, SNP Trust has helped fund overlook, picnic grounds construction, and campgrounds maintenance.
Crews cut open 100% trust funded fire roads, hut access road and trails. Crews completed vegetation removal on 100% of Trust funded trails and fire roads. The High-top Hut access road’s tread was completely repaired to meet safe UTV operating standards.
The trail crew had numerous work orders to complete for several
trails, hut access, and administrative roads that are normally difficult to support with competitive NPS funding. Trust funding allows maintenance that would be otherwise onerous or impossible to complete for the benefit Park’s sightseers, hikers, and equestrians. To date the routine, yet crucial maintenance work we have completed includes; tree removal, vegetation control, and begun plans to begin erosion mitigation work. Funding this maintenance work has allowed park visitors to safely access and enjoy Shenandoah’s interior wilderness, observation points, and waterfalls. Without this funding, these areas would be overrun with impassable trees and overgrown vegetation.
Trails Trust Project Progress – 2019
Since February 4th, our Crews cut 288 trees off Trust funded trails. Crews marked 5 miles of park boundary. Crews maintained 75.5 miles of trails to SNP standards outlined in the Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan.
In 2018, crews cut over 500 trees off of Trust-funded trails. Crews maintained an additional 65 miles of trails to SNP standards outlined in the Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan. Crews marked 5 miles of the park boundary and blazed new sections of the Dickey Ridge Connector Trail.