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Trail Committee

Click here to view the Trail Map
or The map can be downloaded from the HOA Yahoo Group, in the files section, under Trail Committee. The map has trail names, mileage of all trails and bridge locations included and is saved as a printable PDF format. We encourage residents to get out and experience the Audubon certified green space that makes Orange Shoals such a unique and wonderful place to live.

Important Covenant Reminders 

Motorized vehicles (including golf carts, ATV’s) are not allowed on the trails or in the green space and no dumping is
allowed except for grass trimmings if distributed per our standards. 

Trail Guidelines

The concept for Orange Shoals was developed entirely around the vision of the Greenbelt. Having seen what developers did to his family farm, Chaunkee Venable knew there had to be a better way. He dreamed of a neighborhood in which residents live within nature rather than destroy her.

As a child he and his sister and friends had played on the property that is now Orange Shoals. His vision was to preserve the land and build a community within nature. In laying out the plan for Orange Shoals he fought to protect the dozen or so natural springs on this lovely piece of property and carefully laid out the streets, lots, and common areas so that every resident literally has a 100-acre trail system right out their back door.

Chaunkee’s dream is a reality. As stewards of the Greenbelt, we are carrying forward that dream. Chaunkee’s sister Elaine worked hand-in-hand with him in mapping out the trails. With Chaunkee no longer with us, she relayed his vision which provides us clear direction in our guidelines for maintaining the trails here in Orange Shoals in as natural a state as possible.

"The concept of what we hoped our Greenbelt would be: A natural wooded place for all to be in harmony with nature and for the children to discover what nature is all about. It was not meant to be a park but a flowing trail that we could share with deer and other wildlife. The trees and undergrowth provide shade and habitat for all the critters of Orange Shoals and we are lucky enough to have plants that hardly grow elsewhere. Lady Slippers, Jack in the pulpit, Ginseng to mention a few. If we use heavy equipment and change the lay of the land such fragile plant life will be lost forever. A project with adults and children working together with little change to the land is the idea we had at the beginning. Brush can be piled for birds to nest in. Fallen trees can be moved out of trail and left to rot back to the earth is the way we hoped it would be. Please let <the trail committee> lead you all to the way Chaunkee dreamed it.
Thanks Elaine, Chunk’s sister and original trail blazer"

Here therefore are the guidelines set forth by the Trail Committee:

General Trail Maintenance

  1. Maintain existing trails as they are, clearing trails only to 3-4 feet wide.
  2. Fallen trees are to be moved to the side of trail or a section cut out for safe passage, debris is to be left to provide natural cover and return to nature.
  3. Residents may spread grass clippings on trails only as a mulch to keep down weeds and only within the three-foot wide path of the trail and no thicker than 4”.
  4. No motorized vehicles.
  5. No fires
  6. Mountain bikes are allowed on designated trails. Biking is forbidden where erosion and safety are concerns.
  7. The fragile streams are to be left to nature, unless fallen trees or debris threaten the flow.
  8. Please leave no traces behind, take garbage with you, so that others may enjoy the pristine beauty of our trails.
  9. No weapons, airsoft/bb guns, or hunting. 

Trail Marking

Trails will be temporarily marked with green striped ribbon. More permanent markings shall be as unobtrusive as possible.
Permanent markings will consist of Green paint sprayed onto trees using a 4” wide by 6” tall rectangular stencil.

Boundaries of our neighborhood were marked with blue paint on trees by previous owner.
Please report anything you see needing attention to a trail committee member or by e-mail to

Violations of any of these guidelines are subject to warnings and fines by the HOA Board of Directors.

The Trails guidelines are also posted in the files section of the HOA Yahoo Group, in the Trail Committee folder as a pdf.

Check back for photo galleries from the trails! 

Thank you,
OS Trail Committee