TCWP will participate in the 2023 National Trails Day by making a much-needed addition to the North Ridge Trail system. Key Springs Road has been a crossroad on the trail since its inception, but it’s been a long time since there has been any organized access to the actual springs.
I am told that at one time there was vehicle access to the springs, and a City of Oak Ridge park. Due to misuse of the area, the vehicle access was abandoned and Key Springs has been a rarely visited spot since.
We will be improving a spur trail to access the springs from the main NRT. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. on June 3 at 126 Westlook Circle, the home of Bill and Dorothy DeVan. Bill has marked a preliminary route from the main trail to the springs. He has access to the main trail from his back yard, and from there it is a short hike to the work site. The new route will be about 300 yards in length. Any heavy work tools can be transported from the small parking lot along Key Springs Road. (Parking is very limited at that location.)
After the work, volunteers will gather at noon at the home of John & Jim at 107 Westoverlook Drive (just around the corner from Bill’s home) for pizza and beer. We look forward to seeing many of your willing hands and feet for this event