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Tom’s Run Preserve

June 2 - June 9

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This project will expand the public hiking trails within Elizabeth’s Woods, a mature hardwood forest in a 325-acre conserved natural area called Tom’s Run Preserve — owned and managed by West Virginia Land Trust. Located on the outskirts of Morgantown, the state’s most rapidly growing metropolitan area, the preserve hosts over 2 miles of wooded hiking trails, and offers tremendous potential as a public greenspace for non-motorized outdoor recreation. Trails in Elizabeth’s Woods wind through a sloping wooded area and are built on a mostly soil base using hand tools (shovels, mattocks, pulaskis, hoes, and rakes). Some areas have rocks which may need moving or used to build berms, waterbars, or other trail features. There may be some underbrush and fallen branches to be cleared during construction requiring a handsaw (WVLT staff will have a chainsaw available as needed. The trail work for the project was designed by Rick Landenberger – WV Land Trust’s Science and Land Management Specialist, and a research assistant professor of geography at West Virginia University – who will provide oversight and assistance for the trail crew, as well as instruction in conservation trail building techniques. The crew’s cabin is at a campground just a short drive away, and volunteers will be transported via van to the site each day. WV Land Trust will lead a mid-week group excursion to beautiful Davis, WV, and offer free participation in the annual Cheat River Float trip on Saturday, June 8th (canoe/kayak & equipment rentals available for a fee). It’ll be great week in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, developing a publicly accessible preserve for high-quality community recreation, and playing a bit, too.

Host

West Virginia Land Trust

Accommodations

Cabin/Lodge

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 2 miles each day

Project Rating

Easy

Minimum Volunteer Age

18

Maximum Group Size

15

Area and Attractions

Morgantown is a bustling college town of about 60,000 people for most of the year, which then transforms into a relaxed mountain town of about 30,000 people during the summer months. Situated along the Monongahela River in the mountains of North Central WV, Morgantown feels both rural and neighborly, but with the added sense of culture, diversity, and community that are fostered by the university. It has all the amenities needed for modern life (shopping, restaurants, services, etc), but with way less traffic. Most critically, Morgantown is ideally situated to take advantage of the tremendous recreation opportunities offered by the mountains of WV. While there are several local greenspaces in Morgantown with walking trails, you are only a 20 minute drive from anywhere in town to Cooper’s Rock State Forest, with beautiful overlooks of the Cheat Canyon, and excellent opportunities for hiking, rock climbing/bouldering, and mountain biking. The Cheat River nearby is much-loved whitewater destination for boaters from around the region. You can be outside the city limits in 10 minutes from just about anywhere. Mid-week, we will take the crew to Davis, WV and Canaan Valley – a small, beautiful mountain town renowned for its scenery and all-season outdoor recreation opportunities – where we’ll visit Blackwater Falls State Park, Yellow Creek Preserve for a hike, and picnic lunch. On the return trip, time permitting, we’ll stop at the Cheat Narrows for a quick swim in the river. Additionally, on Saturday June 8th, WV Land Trust hosts an annual Cheat River Float Trip for over 350 kayakers and canoeists of all ages. All WVLT staff will be taking part, and all trail crew volunteers are invited to join, will have their registration fees waived , and shuttle service provided. Boat and equipment rentals are available from a local outfitter upon request for a fee.

Accommodations Description

The crew will be housed in a cabin at a campsite near Morgantown. Depending on cabin availability when crew size is confirmed, there are at least 8 beds available, and depending on crew size some volunteers may sleep on mattresses on the floor. There are bathrooms and showers available, and a two-burner camp stove will be provided for crew use. Outdoor fire ring, picnic tables, and possibly a grill are on-site. Volunteers should bring their own bedding/sleeping bags, towels, cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils, and personal gear.

Travel

Airport pickup provided from Pittsburgh International Airport. Airport pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.

Location

Tom’s Run Preserve
39 Arbogast Lane, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508 United States

Registration

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