From the Jefferson Memorial Forest staff
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On June 5, Jefferson Memorial Forest will host a National Trails Day Celebration to open and dedicate the first stage of what has become known as the “Nature Valley Project.” We broke ground on this project during National Trails Day 2009. This year, we will be putting the finishing touches on the first section of the “Yost Ridge Trail” behind the Welcome Center which will eventually connect three major sections of the Forest – Tom Wallace Recreation Area, Paul Yost Recreation Area, and the Horine Reservation.
We are anticipating being at a significant stage of the 1.2 mile trail project on June 5, connecting the Tom Wallace Recreation Area at the Welcome Center to the Horine Reservation via the Mitchell Hill Lake Trail! Local dignitaries will be present for the grand opening celebration. The final stage of this project, estimated to be complete in the later part of 2010, will connect this trail to the Paul Yost section and will result in all 35-plus miles of hiking trail being accessible from the Welcome Center.
The National Trails Day Celebration begins at 9 a.m. at the Welcome Center.
National Trails Day is sponsored and promoted by the American Hiking Society, and each year thousands of volunteers take part in hundreds of trail projects throughout the United States. We have dedicated the second Saturday of each month throughout 2010 as a volunteer trail day to work specifically on this project, so you can also join us on those days. Typical volunteer activities on the trail including clearing vegetation from the trail corridor, and finish work on the tread, back-slope and out-slope.
Please call 380-1753 if you are interested in participating on any work day. Work days for this project start at 9 a.m. at the Welcome Center on the second Saturday of each month. Hope you can join us!