Hikers at Dorsey’s Knob may have noticed that a new stone and gravel ramp now bridges one of the most persistently muddy sections of the park’s trail system. Credit for the construction project goes to a group of several dozen Boy Scouts who attended the recent Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Catholic Camporee at the nearby Camp Mountaineer over the weekend of September 26th-28th.
The project involved gathering several truckloads of loose fieldstones from the hillside near the lodge and positioning them so as to form a stone ramp up and over a 9" culvert. The scouts then topped the fieldstone ramp with limestone.
In addition to this much appreciated service project, the scouts also had an opportunity to play disc golf and to hike up to Sky Rock, the highest point in the city of Morgantown. The fall weather was absolutely perfect for spending a day outdoors at the park.
So the next time that you hike past the Dorsey's Knob pond without getting your shoes muddy, take a moment to thank the Boy Scouts of America!
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.