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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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   2019 NEWS & EVENTS

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Annual Snipe Hunt
May 18, 2019
9:00 am Trail Ride. Begin arriving at 8:30am.
Stirrup Cups served-- it's a tradition!
11:00 am Trail Hike. Meet at the OCTS Membership Table. Wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes
(no flipflops, lol), be prepared to hike down and back
up a hill.
Trail Ride and Hike will take place at the Sprieser Sporthorse Annex. For mapping purposes: the driveway OPPOSITE 7047 Olinger Road. This is the 3rd driveway down from the Sprieser home (#1 driveway), Sprieser Stables (#2 driveway), turn at 3rd driveway Annex (#3 driveway) follow directional signage.
12:30 pm Trail Seminar. New this year! How to get your trail started, building community, building trails.
1:00 pm Potluck Luncheon. Please bring a dish to share, your own beverage. OCTS supplies water & soda. Games for kids (and adults!), VOTE Photo Contest. Bring your family, bring your neighbors!
Trail Seminar, Potluck Luncheon, Photo Contest Voting, Games will take place at Mr. Jimmy Hitt's Property,
6683 Olinger Rd (across from Spriesers)

Inclement weather cancellation will be posted on our
FB and website by 8am Sat., May 18th

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Let's Get Trashy!
Sat., April 20th
Meet at The Orlean Market 10am
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GET TO KNOW US!
The OCTS Board is hosting a "Get to Know Us" event for new neighbors who have moved to the Orlean area within the past year. We would like to include you in the festivities. Bring your whole family! Please send us your contact information: name, address, telephone number and email address via
Alison Jackson abrjax@gmail.com or 
Denise Wiitala mightyforce4good@gmail.com or use the PM feature on our OCTS Facebook.
Friday, June 14, 2019
5 - 7 pm at the Orlean Market

Complimentary beverage per person

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Barn Dance

Date: Sat., Oct 12, 2019
Location: TBD

Mac McCall again this year!

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Orlean Christmas

 Tramp Roast & Potluck
details to come
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