What's Happening at the Bear Legacy Trails?

There has been some trail work down time the past several weeks with summer vacations in full swing, but we have a lot in the works for volunteer days. 

Currently, we are focusing on the up-keep of the trails and the various stations throughout the trails. With storms regularly coming through, there are always the risk of trees and branches coming down on the trails, muddy section developing, and built structures/ station getting damaged.

Since we work purely on volunteer time, things don’t always get cleaned up and fixed as quickly as we would like. Therefore, we are are always looking for others to volunteer their time to help keep the Bear Legacy Trail a fun and safe place for families to visit and enjoy.

We try to visit the trails as much as we can to see what needs work, but don’t always get out as much as needed to identify problem areas. So if you visit the trails and see an area that needs improving, please contact us at volunteers@bearlegacy.org

Wetlands wooded walkway construction

wetlands walkway project

South end of Perimeter Trail (White Blaze)

Next Planned Volunteer Day: August – exact day TBD

This project was started in late Spring to address the persistent wet section of the perimeter trail (white blaze). Many hikers/runners have created alternative trails in attempt to bypass the muddy section of the blazed trail, but this only makes the problem worse.

We completed 30 feet of the walkway with approximately 70 feet more to go in order to clear the problem section. Recently, a large tree fell on the completed section damaging several planks. The tree has been cleared, but we now have to repair the damaged section as well as continuing the walkway.

We are currently recruiting a team of volunteers that can help with this project. the work involves cutting  and moving logs for the mud sills, hauling, cutting and screwing in the decking for the walkway. Some tools are provided, but additional tools such as cordless screw guns are always helpful.

If you are interested in volunteering for this project, contact us at volunteers@bearlegacy.org.

Trail Maintenance Projects

Various Projects around the trail

We have a list of projects around the trail that requires regular maintenance, such as:

-Curbside weeding of the mulched area of the parking lot entrance

-Fairy Garden up-keep and new additions

-New podium board for the outdoor classroom

-Painted vegetable rocks added to the vegetable rock garden located in the Den

-Soil added to the flower beds

-Maintenance of the trails

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these projects, contact us at volunteers@bearlegacy.org.

Our trail map can be download here, or just click on the map below to view and print the PDF.

Located at: 2500 S.Tollgate Rd Bel Air Maryland 2101