Volunteer Trail Work

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Did you know the Roanoke Region has more than 600 miles of trails?  And that there are more than 1,000 miles within one hour of Roanoke? And thanks to you, new trails are being built every day.

These trails offer incredible hiking, biking, and horseback riding, but they don’t take care of themselves. They require thousands of volunteer hours each year just to maintain the trails, let alone build new ones.

Report Trail Conditions

If you see a tree down across a trail, or a trail in need of repair, post the issue on the Friends of Roanoke Trails & Greenway Facebook page.

Organizations That Offer Volunteer Opportunities

Pathfinders for Greenways a group of citizens who represent the trail users of the Roanoke Valley for non–motorized trail uses. Their vision is to have all the area trail users meet and work together on area projects that would benefit the community. Pathfiders is comprised of representatives from the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, Roanoke Valley Horsemen‘s Association, Roanoke Valley Greenways/Pathfinders, National Mountain Bike Patrol and IMBA.

  • Crews work every Wednesday and most weekends. View the calendar.
  • More than 60,000 hours of volunteer trail work have been logged since 2003. View the projects.

Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) is a recreational hiking association of volunteers who preserve and improve the Appalachian Trail in the Roanoke, Virginia region. Not only can you volunteer to do trail work on the A.T., but you can also join them for their member-led hikes.

Roanoke IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter) is a member-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to promoting land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in order to enhance mountain biking in the Roanoke Region of Virginia. If you want to build and maintain trails specifically for mountain biking, you need to get connected with RIMBA.

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