Much thanks goes to Ben Taylor from Boy Scout Troop 65 for selecting Dorsey's Knob Park as the site for his Eagle Scout project. Over the weekend of July 12th-13th, Ben managed a work crew of over thirty fellow scouts, friends and family members as they improved and repaired the park's popular Sky Rock Trail.
The most physically challenging part of the project involved constructing a new 100' long section of trail that creates a loop around Sky Rock. Installing the new section required a lot of digging, chopping through roots, pulverizing rock, wheeling heavy loads of gravel to the top of the knob and setting 15 wooden steps. High humidity and sweltering 88 degree temperatures made for challenging work conditions. Despite the difficulties, the work progressed smoothly and more rapidly than anyone had envisioned. Its amazing what can be accomplished with a small army of workers! By the end of the fist day, the new section of trail was basically complete.
The construction phase of the project also called for accomplishing several smaller, yet important, tasks. One of these jobs involved repairing and replacing some of the existing wooden steps located behind Sky Rock. In addition, the work crew spread gravel on the trail, trimmed low hanging tree branches and removed poison ivy vines, which had slowly been creeping on to the trail and up the side of Sky Rock.
Although much was accomplished over the course of the weekend, this was just part one of Ben's Eagle Scout project. The second exciting phase will take place later this summer with the installation of an interpretive sign near the summit of Sky Rock. Stay tuned to this blog for more on Ben's project at Dorsey's Knob Park.
Field Notes from Dorsey's Knob
Thoughts and observations on the natural history and current happenings at Dorsey's Knob Park.
About the Author
John Boback is a naturalist, historian, environmental educator and caretaker at Dorsey's Knob Park. He can often be seen around the park staring intently into the trees through binoculars or crouched down trying to photograph a wildflower or an interesting insect. If you see him, take a moment to say hello.