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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).

As of the beginning of 2019, OCTS has grown to:

  •  about 650 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.

Simply complete the form on the "Contact Us" page of this website, email info@orleantrailsystem.org for further details. Landowners willing to participate in our trail system should contact our Trails Planner.

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SPONSORS




Please Visit Our Sponsors Page. Contact us to become one!


   2019 NEWS & EVENTS

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Let's Get Trashy!
Sun., Sept 22nd -- Noon
Park at The Orlean Market &
Meet at the Orlean Post Office
Participants receive 1 FREE
Drink Ticket at The Orlean Market --
after party immediately following the cleanup!
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FALL BARN DANCE

Date: Sat., Oct 12, 2019
Leeds Ruritan Park
12032 Hume Rd, Hume VA
Morning Trail Ride: 
Location & Details to Follow
5pm Appetizers • Potluck • BYOB
6:30pm Square Dance with 
caller Mac McCall!
Volunteers needed!
contact Alison: abrjax@gmail.com or
Denise Wiitala: mightyforce4good@gmail.com
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NOTECARDS

AVAILABLE AT:

The Village Green 6902 Leeds Manor Rd, Orlean, VA 20128. Follow on Facebook The Village Green @thevillagegreenorlean

Visit the OCTS Booth on Hume Day 
Sat., Sept 21st – 9am - 4pm

Leeds Ruritan Park, 12032 Hume Rd,
Hume VA
 22639

The winners' photos from our Photo Contest make up 1 set / $15 donation and our new category Holiday winners' photos make up the holiday sets / $15 donation -- 10 cards in each set. A HUGE thank to Sandy Gilliam, owner of The Village Green for her community spirit and generosity to the OCTS for helping us with our fundraiser!

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ANNOUNCING
Photo Contest Winners!

Our “original” category:
Megan Batt, Cindy P. Blough, Jinx Fox, Tonya Harmon, Patty Lovett, Richard M. McWalters, Amy Mishey 
Our “new” Holiday category:
Megan Batt, Cindy P. Blough, Jinx Fox, Gail Keys, Cody Leeser, Patty Lovett, Amy Mishey 
Notecard Sets will be available soon at The Village Green in Orlean and at upcoming OCTS events. 
Thank you to everyone who participated!



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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
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Annual Snipe Hunt
An enormous THANK YOU to all the folks who planned and coordinated, set up, cleaned up, carted stuff, led the trail ride and the hike, bought stuff, wrote about, welcomed, made snipes, collected and mounted all the photos, sold 50/50 tickets, went to the dump, etc., etc., etc. - you made the 2019 Snipe Hunt a rousing success.

Special thanks go to the Spriesers for the use of their beautiful trails for the ride & hike,
and to Jimmy Hitts for the use of his
property for the Potluck, and to mother nature for waiting a good hour after we wrapped up
to bring us a round of thunder, lightning
and more rain!

If you want to help with the same kind of jobs for the Barn Dance in Oct., please email Alice Shelman shoalice@aol.com. It's a terrific way to meet your neighbors. Don't be shy!
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Orlean Christmas

 Tramp Roast & Potluck
details to come
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