Welcome to the Orlean Community Trail System

Who We Are

The Orlean Community Trail System (OCTS) is a grassroots, community-based organization begun in 2004 and open to all residents living within ten miles of the Orlean Post Office. OCTS strives to create an inclusive community, engaging with neighbors and local organizations such as churches, commercial and civic groups, and the Orlean Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department (OVFRD). OCTS organizes and encourages social activities, community improvement efforts, and assistance with neighborhood trails for riders and hikers. The OCTS Website is a source of information about the organization and its activities; the OCTS Facebook page provides daily updates on such things as interesting activities, lost and found animals, road and weather hazards, and recommendations for local services.

At its heart, OCTS is a loose association of neighbors who get together to better know one another and to encourage a cohesive and helpful environment with and for each other. It is not a Home Owners Association, does not have dues, and has no legal authority to direct or mandate anything. Its decision process is based solely on consensus of the Board members at its monthly meetings. These decisions generally correspond with various ongoing projects (e.g., litter pickup, pollinator meadow) and social events (e.g., Snipe Hunt, Barn Dance, Holiday Bonfire).

OCTS has grown to:

  •  over 700 Facebook members
  • about 500 members on the email list
  •  about 250 participating landowners (PLOs) who represent an estimated 3,500 acres
  •  about 20 miles of trails for riders and hikers

OCTS has provided a platform for the launch of activities that include:

  • a weekly dinner meeting
  • art and craft groups
  • a walking group
  • food drives
  • fundraisers for the OVFRD
  • pop-up events for hiking, riding, and sledding
  • travel groups
  • book clubs
  • litter pickup
  • native plant pollinator meadow
  • field trips to sporting and educational events, concerts, and plays
  • providing firewood to neighbors
  • a photo contest to celebrate community
OCTS is a dynamic organization that provides new and long-term residents with opportunities to meet neighbors, to engage in fun and educational activities, and to improve the safety and quality of life for our community.

How Can I Join/Help?

This one is easy.

Please email admin@orleantrailsystem.org 


OCTS 2020 Calendar


Just to be clear, OCTS is postponing or cancelling all near-term sponsored activities, including the litter pick-up and the Snipe Hunt, until life gets back to normal. If you participate in any groups like the book clubs or art group, please do not meet face-to-face until it is safe to do so.

We are NOT isolated; we have Facebook, email, phones, the newsletter and the web page to share information, ideas on coping, ways to volunteer and to check on our neighbors, all the things we normally do. This situation won't last forever. We'll end up better and stronger as a community if we pay attention to the stay-at-home order, to our families and to our neighbors. And, oh, the stories we'll have!

Alice Shelman, OCTS President

check out our 2020 Calendar
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OCTS Photo Contest

It's time to ENTER your favorite photographs that convey the beauty and spirit of our wonderful community.

Scenery • Holiday/Winter • and Critters! 

Display of all photographs and voting will take place at the Snipe Hunt Sat., May 30th. Details to follow!

SO, don't forget to file your taxes by Wed., April 15th and then plenty of time to meet the
deadline for your Photo Entries -- Fri., April 17th!

email images to: octsphotocontest@gmail.com and be sure to include your name, contact info & title to each photograph.

Are you an OCTSer who would
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Please send your request to
About Our Facebook
OCTS Facebook is a powerful tool that helps bind our community together. There have lately been several instances where comments have veered towards ugly, complaining, and personal, none of which supports our community. OCTS welcomes posts about things like:
  • Social, educational, cultural, health, and local charity fundraising events
  • Lost and found animals
  • Requests for new homes or training facilities for animals
  • Requests for recommendations for services
  • Community yard/moving sales and personal items for sale or give-away
  • Notices of road closings or dangerous conditions
  • Requests for leads on local housing
Use your good judgement and
sense of civility when you post
Annual Snipe Hunt
Sat., May 30, 2020


Sat., Oct 10, 2020

Orlean Christmas
 DEC 2020 TBA


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