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:
950+ 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
fundraisers for the OVFRD
pop-up events for hiking, riding, and sledding
native plant pollinator meadow
field trips to sporting and educational events, concerts, and plays
providing firewood to neighbors
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 email@example.com
Are you an OCTSer who would
Please send your request to
As stated in the Virginia Outdoors Plan, 2018 -
Volunteerism, Partnerships and Landowner Liability
As volunteerism and partnerships for outdoor recreation and land conservation increase across the Commonwealth, so does the importance of the protections established in §29.1-509 of the Code of Virginia.** This law protects private landowners from liability when private lands are open to the public. Protection encourages property owners to continue to open lands for outdoor recreation. As long as landowners do not charge a fee for access, and there is no gross negligence or “willful or malicious failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use or structure” on the property, they are protected from liability due to injury or death when they provide public recreation access. The law also limits the liability of landowners who enter into a lease agreement with state agencies.
As stated in the Code of Virginia
Equine Liability Act § 3.2-6200 - § 3.2-6203
Virginia Equine Liability Act
It’s time to bring out your cameras and get the shutters fluttering!! The OCTS Photo Contest will ride again. We will start accepting submissions beginning in January of 2022 to be displayed and judged at the spring Snipe Hunt (date TBD) Categories will be Landscapes and Critters. There will be a new non-judged category of Fun Times with the OCTS, hikes, trail rides, bonfires, road clean up, line dancing and more!
The OCTS Business Directory gives local small businesses a place to advertise their services to the members of OCTS.
Business owners are not allowed to advertise on the OCTS facebook page but are allowed to respond to requests for recommendations
Business owners may contact Molly Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion or to update their information in the directory.
OCTS does not endorse and is not responsible for any of the businesses in the Business Directory.
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