Trail Crew Leader Training - 2 Day Intensive

McDowell Tech Community College

Trail Crew Leader Training - 2 Day Intensive

Old Fort, North Carolina

Workshop Trail Construction Trail Maintenance Project & Crew Management

Have you been asked to lead a trail crew?
Do you want to learn how to safely lead work crews for trail maintenance?

Enjoy a training weekend in Old Fort, NC nestled in the Pisgah National Forest with tens of miles of trails, great mountain biking, fishing and hiking. The town boasts multiple breweries, a winery, great food and a wide choice of short-term rentals so you can stay right in town.

This 2-day hands-on intensive has been refined over many years to give you the best of trail construction, maintenance and crew leadership training.

Be prepared to assess trail conditions, develop a workday plan, run the tailgate talk and safely conduct trail maintenance and reroutes.

Combination of in class and field work.

Trail Crew Leader Training (2-day)

2 Day class (16 hrs.)

Saturday, Sunday 8am – 5pm

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.

Each day will consist of a half day (approximately 3 hours) of classroom time with a PowerPoint presentation and a half day (approximately 3 hours) of field work to emphasize the hands on practicality of what we discussed in the classroom.

Day One (Trail Design, Layout and Construction)
This 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 portion 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:

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.

Instructor: Walt Bready (Trails B-Ready).

Assistant: Jeremy Poore (McDowell Tech Trail School)

Dates of Class: August 3, 2024 - August 4, 2024

Days and Times: Saturday and Sunday 8am – 5pm

Length of Class: 2 Day class (16 hrs)

Total Cost: $71.30 Tuition

Location: Universal Building Room 111


51 E Main Street
Old Fort, North Carolina 28762

Trail Core Competencies

  • • Maintenance Specifications
  • • Inventory & Assessment
  • • Corridor clearing: Hand Tools
  • • Tread Maintenance - Hand tools
  • • Drainage Features/Water Management

Upcoming Event

Training Dates

Starts August 03, 2024
08:00 AM
Ends August 04
05:00 PM

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