Trail Support

Please Help Support a Trail for All to Enjoy!

We need your help to continue to develop and maintain the Betsie Valley Trail. There are two ways you can help:

By providing your much needed financial support. Whether you’re a new Friend of the Trail or a long-time member, your donation is greatly appreciated! To contribute visit our Donation page and follow the easy instructions.

By volunteering on the trail crew or joining our staff:

>Trail Inspection and Reporting:  Any trail user that takes the time to report to the Trail Care Coordinator anytime they see a situation that needs attention is a key part of the volunteer network.  Never hesitate to pass along comments, concerns or suggestions for improvements.
>General Maintenance:  General maintenance activities are organized by the Trail Care Coordinator.  Work can range from simply walking the trail and picking up trash and tossing off small branches and limbs, to significant work with chain saws or other power equipment to clear downed trees and cut back brush.  That type of work is generally scheduled on an ‘as-needed’ basis.  Make sure you are on the Trail Care Coordinator’s volunteer list and you will receive email notices of all workdays.  The notices will indicate the date, time, location, type of work planned, and any tools or equipment needed.  Usually, no reply or commitment is needed; just show up if you can make it.  We don’t work in bad weather and the activity is usually no more than a couple of hours.
>Construction:  From time to time we build retaining walls, place signposts, make minor repairs to the trail and bridges.  These projects are coordinated by the Trail Care Coordinator and are described in email notices to the volunteer list.  The notices indicate if special skill, like carpentry, or particular tools are needed.
If you’re interested in helping out on our trail crew, please contact the Trail Care Coordinator at


Replacement Trail Care Coordinator Needed – You may have read about John Rothhaar’s great work as our TCC for the past four years in our recent post: Volunteer Spotlight on Our Trail Care Coordinator John Rothhaar. Well, John is looking to transition out of his role by next year, so now would be a great time for a potential replacement to work into the position gradually or at least to investigate what is involved. Feel free to give John a call to discuss your possible interest in becoming our next Trail Care Coordinator!

>Administration/Staff: We are actively looking to fill some key positions on our staff, including a Fundraising Director, Grant Writer, Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator, and Social Media Manager. We will be posting job descriptions very soon for each of these critical roles.
If you have an interest in any of these volunteer roles, please complete a Volunteer Application.