Trail Crew Leader Training

McDowell Tech Community College

Trail Crew Leader Training

Marion, North Carolina

Multi-day Course Trail Construction Trail Maintenance Project Planning and Design Project & Crew Management

This two day course is geared for trail volunteers and will cover natural surface trail design, construction, maintenance and crew leader training. The focus is teaching you about long term sustainability that can reduce overall maintenance needs and user impacts on natural resources.
Classroom presentations will be held at McDowell Technical Community College in Marion, North Carolina.

Day One:
Trail Design, Layout and Construction

This day will cover the aspects of how to properly design and layout a trail. We will discuss issues on how to avoid erosion, user conflicts, and impact problems through design. It will give you a good working knowledge of what causes trails to erode through water and soil relationships. Proper hand tool use and safety, trail corridor clearing, building full bench cut trail, and how to build turns.

Day Two:
Trail Maintenance and Crew Leader Training

This day will cover maintenance issues on well designed and poorly designed trails. We will discuss how to do a trail assessment, identify problems and some drainage solutions. Techniques for rerouting and reclaiming damaged trails. A trail crew leader must have a basic set of technical trail work skills, coordinate work party activities, motivate volunteers and have a primary focus on safety and efficiency. By organizing the workday, getting your crew(s) to the work site, and overseeing the project and/or trail work session.

Field work:
The first day will involve hands-on layout and flagging exercise using the sustainable trail guidelines.

Review your knowledge constructing a full bench cut section of trail, with possible corridor clearing activities. Then on the second day each student will lead a crew and apply some standard maintenance practices, possible including drainage solutions and techniques to reroute and reclaiming damaged trail.

What to Bring:
The following book is not required, but highly recommended as a comprehensive source of material related to the course.

IMBA Trail Solutions Book ISBN 978-0975502303

Indoor: Something to write with and paper to take notes.

Outdoor: Please come prepared for the type of weather expected that day. Good boots or shoes, work gloves, water. Tools will be provided.

Instructors: Walt Bready (Trails B-Ready) and Jeremy Poore (McDowell Tech Trail School)

Days and Times: Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm

Length of Class: 2 Day class (16 hrs)

Total Cost: $71.30 Tuition

Location: Universal Building Room 111 at McDowell Tech.


54 College Drive
Marion, North Carolina 28752

Trail Core Competencies

  • • Construction Specifications
  • • Corridor Clearing
  • • Hand-Built Trail Construction
  • • Trail Finishwork
  • • Water Management/Drainage Features
  • • Decommissioning Trails
  • • Maintenance Specifications
  • • Inventory & Assessment
  • • Corridor clearing: Hand Tools
  • • Tread Maintenance - Hand tools
  • • Drainage Features/Water Management

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Started February 10, 2024
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Ended February 11
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