Sustainable Trail Design and Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

During this basic trail training four-day basic session, participants will learn how to design, layout, construct, and maintain sustainable trails. Classroom teaching and experiential learning will be combined to help students understand the fundamentals of sustainable trails.

Presented by: Rockingham Community College

Event Details

May 18 - 21, 2021

Contact Information

The online registration system can be challenging for first-time registrants. We recommend calling RCC Continuing Education at 336-342-4261 ext. 2107 to register directly, or if you experience any registration problems.



Participants will begin by discussing the “trail experience” and the characteristics of sustainable trails. They will learn about the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. The session will cover design, construction, and maintenance techniques that minimize the volume and velocity of water on the trail tread. It will guide participants from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Students will gain field experience constructing new trail reroutes and maintaining existing trails on the Rockingham Community College campus.

Students will become familiar with the use of a clinometer to measure trail grade/steepness and side slopes. Common trailwork hand tools will be utilized for trail construction and maintenance. Trailbuilding tools will be provided for student use. Students should bring their own lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Students must dress appropriately for trailwork - gloves, safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred). This class is limited to 20 participants.

This session will be beneficial for anyone that has an interest in or is responsible for managing natural surface multiple-use trails. These basic trail skills will enhance the overall skill set of land managers, volunteer trail crew leaders and members, parks, and recreation staff, trip leaders, outdoor recreation entrepreneurs, and ecological/nature-based operators. Instructor: Johnson/DbD Cost: $125

Certificates and CEUs will be awarded to all participants. You can register online under the RCC Continuing Education/Online Registration tabs on our website (search for the keywords "trail" for that series of classes or "outdoor" for others). Once the course title comes up, be sure to click the box beside it in the "Select" column then click "Submit." Once online registration is completed, a registration confirmation should come up on the screen. If not, call us at 336-342-4261 ext. 2107 to confirm you are registered.

A couple of local hotels, Hampton Inn, Eden and Holiday Inn and Suites, Reidsville, are offering a special rate ($84 + tax) for TRAILS program students. You will need to call the hotel directly and tell them you are with the Rockingham Community College TRAILS program. Please let me know if you have any trouble getting this rate. Cabins and tent camping are available at Camp GuilRock. For additional information, please contact the Camp Director ([email protected]) at 336-342-1951. Camping is also available at Lake Reidsville. Reservations can be made by calling 336-349-4738.




While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.

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