Crozet Trails Crew Tackles Beaver Creek

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Jessica Mauzy and Jim Moniz.
Jessica Mauzy and Jim Moniz.

A group of volunteer trail builders that has dubbed itself the Crozet Trail Crew spent the morning of May 22 working on the trail along the south bank of Beaver Creek reservoir that had been begun by students from Henley Middle School and thus got the name the Henley Hornet trail.

The effort was coordinated by Jessica Mauzy, a member of the Crozet Community Advisory Council and its subcommittee on greenways. She dismissed the appellation “trail czar” that some crew members wanted to tag her with, but she wrote a thesis on trail design while at Virginia Tech and saw some of her work realized in the trail built on South River in Waynesboro.

The Henley Hornet trail, which passes beaver-gnawed trees and is useful to fishermen, leads to a look-out point on the lake. It is not possible to get easements around the lake to create a complete loop of it. Eagle scouts may build some small bridges that would be desirable, Mauzy said.

Volunteers working industriously with fire rakes and hand saws advanced the trail by about 40 yards that day, but needed a chain saw to clear fallen trunks. Among those working were Jim Moniz, Brandon Early, Briggs Barnett, Alex Gianitsarius, Linda McNeil and Jeff Clayman. County greenways planner Dan Mahon provided the tools.

Map of Beaver Creek’s Henley Hornets Trail
Map of Beaver Creek’s Henley Hornets Trail

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