Join us for the N.C. Trails Summit!

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Scott Crocker

2018 Trails Summit, sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation and the Recreation Resources Service


The North Carolina Trails Program and the Recreation Resources Service will present the North Carolina Trails Summit at Haw River State Park in Browns Summit. The summit offers your choice of one or two days of hands-on educational sessions and networking opportunities. This event is perfect for trails professionals, planners, advocates, parks and recreation employees and anyone interested in sustainable trail construction techniques, challenges and solutions. It will offer a combination of classroom instruction in the morning, followed by hands-on trail building in the afternoon using machinery and hand tools.



RESCHEDULED Date: January 15 (optional) and January 16, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Carol Tingley, Deputy Director, N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation

Division of Parks and Recreation Trails Field Staff Instructors:
Jody Reavis, Trails Maintenance Manager
Amanda Smithson, Mountain Region Trails Specialist
Matt Lawson, Piedmont Region Trails Specialist
Bob Taber, Coastal Region Trails Specialist


Registrants will choose two of the following morning sessions:

  • Introduction to Permitting of Trail Projects
  • Sustainable Trail Building Fundamentals
  • Trail Under Fire — Weed Patch Mountain Trail
  • Bridging and Alternative Stream Crossing Solutions


Registrants will choose one four-hour afternoon field session project to join:

Trails Specialist Matt Lawson uses a mini-excavator to clear trees for a trail.Session A: Trail Building Using Machinery and Hand Tools
Join N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation Trails Specialists Matt Lawson and Amanda Smithson and Trails Maintenance Manager Jody Reavis to learn all the steps involved in building a sustainable trail. Hands-on stations will show we lay out trail corridors using clinometers and then flag the corridor and planned trail tread. Machines, such as mini-excavators, will be used to break ground. Participants will then use hand tools to shape the trail tread and perform the finishing work on the trail. Participants will rotate between each station to get experience in all the steps of the sustainable trail building process.

Bog bridge at Haw River State ParkSession B: Trails in Wet Areas: Creative Crossings
Learn how N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation staff overcome obstacles, such as soggy problem areas, by building a puncheon (or "bog bridge") to cross a wet section on one of Haw River State Park's trails. This session will be led by Bob Taber, Coastal Region Trails Specialist, and Scott Crocker, N.C. Trails Program Manager.