After losing their son in the early spring of 2015, Paul and Kelly Read decided to create a lasting tribute to Taylor and his love of the trail by erecting a beautiful shelter in Alvarado Park. The shelter was built with the generous donations from the Read’s family, friends and colleagues and the shelter was dedicated in the fall of 2015. The one-of-a-kind structure was designed by Taylor’s sister, Megan, and it has become one of the most treasured spots along the Virginia Creeper Trail. Throughout the year you can find someone looking out over the river in quiet reflection or a family gathering for the afternoon or a couple who has chosen this tranquil setting to exchange their wedding vows.
Every October since, the Reads have gathered with family, friends, and supporters of the Creeper Trail to celebrate Taylor’s life and love of the trail. And now, as autumn approaches, we are making plans for the 9th Annual Rails to River…Ride for Taylor on October 7! This year we will gather again to celebrate Taylor and support the trail he loved so much. This special day will include a bike ride from the trailhead in Abingdon to the shelter in Alvarado to enjoy a catered lunch and live music!
Your reservation below includes the ride, lunch and a commemorative Rails to River…Ride for Taylor tee shirt for $30 per person. Donations in Taylor’s name to the Creeper Trail Conservancy can also be made on the form below.
Registration for the ride begins at 8am on Saturday, October 7 at the trail head in Abingdon and we’ll meet in Alvarado at noon for lunch and music! Please email us at [email protected] with any questions.
Many thanks for your continued support!