Volunteers are the backbone of the LHT — clearing trails, installing signage, stenciling paved areas, and keeping an eye out for the many maintenance issues that our heavily-travelled trails need addressed. We owe a lot to these folks, and we wanted to share their LHT stories. If you want to join one of our volunteer teams, shoot us an email — we’d love to have you!

Meet Kelly Bair — a Lawrenceville resident, an instructional designer, a practitioner of sound healing and reiki, and one of the LHT’s star volunteers.

LHT Volunteer Kelly Bair

Courtesy of Kelly Bair

LHT: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Kelly: I have been here in Lawrenceville for about 3 years now and just love the area. My 9-to-5 job is as an instructional designer where I create and implement training for the company I work for. But my loves are the work I do on the side as a sound healer and reiki practitioner as well as voice acting for a few podcasts.

LHT: How long have you been volunteering on the LHT? What inspired you to lend a hand?
Kelly: I have officially been volunteering for a few months. I practically live on the trails and spend a lot of time on my bike in Mercer Meadows. Just having the LHT to get out and about on during the pandemic was truly a life saver. This is what inspired me to want to volunteer. I have gotten so much joy and happiness from my time out there that I wanted to give back and help maintain so many can continue to enjoy.

LHT: What kinds of projects have you worked on?
Kelly: I have mostly been a trail monitor which has entailed reporting back any issues and doing some light clean up along the way. I was also pleased to have been able to help install some of the new stop signs along the Whiskey House portion of the trail.

LHT: How did you discover the LHT? What are your favorite segments?
Kelly: I discovered the LHT shortly after I moved here when searching for good trails to adventure on with my gravel bike. Mercer Meadows is very close to me and has become my piece of Zen during busy times. It’s hard to narrow down favorites but I love all the segments within Mercer Meadows and along the Whiskey House portion.

LHT: Do you have advice for other folks who have thought about getting involved with the LHT?
Kelly: My advice would be to do it! I have met really nice people in my community and you’re helping to keep an incredibly valuable resource accessible and enjoyable for all. I am very happy that I signed up to volunteer.

LHT Volunteer Kelly Bair

Courtesy of Kelly Bair

LHT Volunteer Kelly Bair

Courtesy of Kelly Bair

LHT Volunteer Kelly Bair

Courtesy of Kelly Bair