Eagle Spur

Update on Eagle Spur Trail Project - November 2023

As some of you may know, TRTC has been involved in a multi-year project to replace 3 large (36” diam.) drainage culverts in the mid-section of this trail. This has not been an easy project and has been delayed several times by high lake levels and the fact that the Wildlife Commission does not allow any mechanized equipment in this area. Notwithstanding these factors, we are making progress with several workdays per year and numerous efforts by 2 or 3 volunteers.
Good weather in early December 2021 allowed for the installation of Culvert #1 and the completion of the fill over Culvert #2. Form work and concrete pouring on Culvert #1 was done during the week by several retirees. Fill work on culverts 1 and 2 were done by larger work groups on 2 Saturdays. Work on Culvert #3 was started during the Spring in 2022 and has continued.
Starting in the early spring of 2023, several of our retirees dug out the ditch and what was left of the old steel pipe. The resulting ditch was about seven feet deep and wider at trail level than what was necessary for Culvert #1 and #2. After placing the culvert in the forms for the collars, we had a couple of lake excursions that floated the culvert just high enough to twist and damage the forms. After repairs, we got everything back in place and started mixing and pouring about 100 bags of Sakrete. By August we had finished the pouring and most of the re-filling of the covering dirt. As of early November 2023 we are letting the fill settle and will complete the covering after a few good rains.

If You Are Interested in Working on This Project: We will have work days on weekdays and on weekends. We do more than just “Pick and Shovel” work – there is usually trash to be picked up, and limbs to be tossed off the trail. If you would like to join us for Exercise, Fresh Air and Sunshine send your name and e-mail address to info@triangletrails.org

For images of our work on the Eagle Spur click here for photos on Google

We are also looking for someone who lives in the 751 South development to be our representative in that neighborhood. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, let us know.

Volunteer Workday at Eagle Spur Trail

On Saturday, May 18th, TRTC is sponsoring a second clean-up session at the Eagle Spur Trail.
The Eagle Spur is the remnant of the original 1920's "Tobacco Trail" rail grade abandoned with the construction of Jordan Lake and runs from Stagecoach Road 2.3 miles to the lake. The land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has taken the responsibility for maintaining the trail.
The Eagle Spur Trail has taken quite a “hit” lately mostly due to lots of rain and inundation from historically high Jordan Lake levels that have put large sections of the trail corridor under water for significant amounts of time. There are quite a few trees down, many logs that floated in and remained when the lake level receded, and a generous portion of "Jordan Lake trash". If you have ever hiked a trail and most of us have… Here is your chance to give back! A LOT of trails exist only because they have been volunteer built and maintained. This is one of them. We now need YOUR help to reopen this trail. Bring water and a snack, sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

DETAILS: We will be meeting at 69 Colvard Park Drive, Durham 27713-5808. From there it is short walk to the trail through the woods.
SATURDAY, May 18th. Time: 9:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M – You can stay longer if you like!

Trail Map (reference only!): See (http://www.triangletrails.org/pdfs/EagleSpur.pdf)

First Workday on Culvert Repairs at the Eagle Spur Trail

On January 21st ~16 volunteers gave us great efforts to move 3 large plastic culverts about 3/4 of a mile to spots at the southern end of the trail. Over the next few months we plan to hold several workdays to install them as replacements for 40+ year old metal culverts which have failed. Putting them in will involve lots of digging to say the least. To find out more about this project and how to volunteer please see our Recruitment Flyer

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