June 1, 2013
What better way to celebrate National Trail Day than building new trails at Ragged Mountain Natural Area for the whole community to enjoy once it reopens.
Twenty-five volunteers blazed the trail on Saturday. From veteran trail volunteers to members of bird and tree organizations, it was a four-hour event that brought them all together.
"It just brings in everybody from all different groups because we all feel it's important to have this open to the public. And we're just excited that it's moving forward and we can be apart of that," said Diana Foster of the Rivanna Trail Foundation.
Some were first-timers on the trail, excited to get a whole new experience.
Adrian Ward, a 'little brother' in Big Brothers, Big Sisters, found a worm-snake and two salamanders.
"You're working hard to help the community and just have fun, hang out, get dirty," said Ward, who digs for fun in his backyard at home.
Volunteers say they can't wait until everyone gets to experience trails right in Charlottesville.
"You don't hear humans you don't hear cars you don't hear the city noises it truly is an escape for us so it is exciting that we are getting closer to getting it reopened," Foster said.
Volunteers will get back to trailblazing in September to make sure all the trails are finished as well as the entrance to the area before Earth Day 2014.