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Lula Lake Land Trust (AdventurUs Women) – Volunteer Vacations 2022

April 18 - April 24

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Join American Hiking Society, AdventurUs Women and Southeast Conservation Corps on this special Volunteer Vacation led by women, for women! We welcome volunteers of all gender identities and expressions who feel a women’s trip is the right space for them. Volunteers will work under the guidance of Southeast Conservation Corps staff to build a new section of trail on the Lula Lake Land Trust. This is an excellent project for first-time volunteers, who will receive full instructions and demonstrations for the safe use of all tools and trail building techniques.

Volunteers will work on a new network of multiuse trails at Lula Lake Land Trust that will eventually connect to nearby Cloudland Canyon State Park. The project will focus on building features in the trail using native rock in the surrounding area. Participants will learn a variety of rock related trail skills, including armoring, trail hardening, crush filling, moving, and shaping rock on a 15-foot section of the trail with opportunities to expand into other projects along the trail.

Established by the will of Robert M. Davenport in January of 1994, Lula Lake Land Trust is an 8,000 acre land trust dedicated to the protection and preservation of the land and its resources within the Rock Creek and Bear Creek watersheds. These lands serve as areas of research, education, conservation stewardship and recreation for both present and future generations. Through various partnerships and support from community members, Lula Lake Land Trust, has a variety of projects to protect and restore the natural resources and biodiversity of the area. Some of these projects include focused attention on Hemlock and American Chestnut tree health, monitoring of vulnerable animal and plant populations, maintenance of trails for recreational use, and serving as engaged educators through outings, events, and volunteer opportunities.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee people past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.

Hosts

Southeast Conservation Corps
AdventurUs Women

Accommodations

Primitive Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 3 miles each work day.

Project Rating

Strenuous

Minimum Volunteer Age

18

Maximum Group Size

11

Area and Attractions

Lula Lake has a variety of trails to explore with a connector trail to nearby Cloudland Canyon State Park. Lookout Mountain, with namesake in both Georgia and Tennessee, also has a variety of other trails and attractions including: Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Rock City Gardens, Ruby Falls, Craven’s House Trails, Sunset Rock Overlook, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Down the mountain in Chattanooga proper, there’s still plenty to explore with The Tennessee Aquarium, Guild Trail, Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, Stringers Ridge Trail System, Tennessee River Walk, shopping at Warehouse Row and the North Shore district near Coolidge Park and the Walnut Street Walking Bridge.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will tent camp on the main preserve of the Lula Lake Land Trust property, nearby a beautiful stream with hiking trail access nearby. There will be a communal kitchen area for meals. Volunteers will have access to pit toilets throughout the week. Volunteers will be able to schedule one shower day during the week, but otherwise showers and running water will not be available each day. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, sleeping pad and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee is the closest major airport. Airport pickup is provided for this trip and will be arranged with participants upon confirmation.

Location

Lula Lake Land Trust
5000 Lula Lake Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750 United States + Google Map
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