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 helping on the Trail as a volunteer. We need volunteers to help with these Trail projects:

>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, please contact the Trail Care Coordinator at
Mailing Committee:  We generally have two to three mailings to the membership a year (newsletters or December appeal letters). After the materials are printed, a group meets to put them together for mailing. It takes only a couple of hours, and everyone enjoys the camaraderie (not to mention the treats!).
If you can help with any of these projects, please complete a Volunteer Application.