Volunteer Day – Trail work at Rock Run Nature Preserve


Joined by the Modern Day CCC, a crew of Americorp NCCC members


Tuesday, Oct 1

Tuesday, Oct 8

Tueday, Oct 15

Tuesday, Oct 22 and Wed Oct 23

Tuesday Oct 29 

Tuesday, Nov 5


From 9:45 am to mid-afternoon. Be sure to Register so we know you are coming!

Meet at Rock Run Trailhead parking lot, directly across the street from Sandy Springs Campground (directions below)



Our Workday.

These trail work days will be an exciting opportunity to be in on the ground level of the installation of a wilderness trail!!  Come join Arc staff and the AmeriCorp NCCC crew as we cut this “goat path” into the hillside. Be part of creating this trail, w will be a lasting legacy for visitors to appreciate and experience the wild places of southern Ohio!! 

We will be focusing on benching work, cutting into the hillside to create a level walking surface for the trail, as the trail cuts along the contour of the hillside.  We will be using maddox and other trail tools to accomplish our task. These are very physically oriented work days.


Americorp Reinforcements!  

Come join us for this unique opportunity to work alongside a crew of Americorp NCCC members, the Modern Day CCC.  The Arc has been awarded this group of young, strong men and women to work alongside us in restoring landscapes for eight full weeks this fall. They will join for almost all of the Arc Volunteer days, to help boost our efforts in removing invasive species, and use their learned skills to help guide our volunteers and increase the fun and productivity!  They will also be helping to install a new trail at the Rock Run Preserve down on the Ohio River, and also work in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary property of Gods Country to remove invasive species, and install a new HNS trail!


Physical Requirements

This is very physical and demanding work.  No prior trail experience is necessary to participate, but experience is helpful.   We will be swinging a maddox hoe into the hillside, and cutting through roots and rocks.  We will work as a team to cut in the bench along the contour of the hill. You must be in good physical shape, and able to handle rough terrain, and physical work.  We will provide basic training, and you will be working alongside others who can help guide you. We will be walking a mile to a mile and a half, depending on the progress of the trail.

What to Bring

Bring a backpack filled with water, snacks, and a lunch.  Wear sturdy shoes, and tough clothes for working with dirt and rocks.  Bring a pair of leather gloves and safety glasses.  Please bring a maddox, strong hoe, shovel or other trail working tools  if you have one.  There is a bathroom available for a small fee at the campground across the road if necessary.  Please be sure to be respectful of their facilities and leave it as clean as you found it.  


Free Lodging available at the Arc’s Volunteer Headquarters.  Please inquire when you register.  You may also contact Sandy Springs Campground and make arrangements on your own, either for tent camping or rent an RV, with a two night minimum on the RVs.

Rock Run Natural History

Rock Run is one of the most wild places in all of the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System.  Its steep hillsides, vistas of the Ohio River, vast vernal pools and amphibians, and the vast diversity of wildflowers and rare plants, make Rock Run a one of a kind hiking destination.  Surrounded by Shawnee State Forest, the Rock Run Preserve encompasses almost the entire watershed. The history of sandstone mining has created “shelves” in the hillside, that make for spectacular views of the Ohio River, and have created many large vernal pools and wetlands, that are home to many special creatures. 


Please contact Tim Pohlar with any questions at tpohlar@arcofappalachia.com, or call/text 937-509-2796


Directions:  Google Maps “Sandy Springs Campground” for directions.  There is a road closure on Rt 52, and Google Maps will find the best route around this construction.  The Rock Run trailhead is across the street from this campground.