Start Local. Go Far.

Duke Energy TRAILS at Rockingham Community College has developed a sustainable trail skills training sequence of classes for varying skill levels, interests, and needs.

Several courses are offered in two formats to meet student needs and time availability.

* Single day classes provide basic information specific to the course title.

* Multiple day classes provide the same information as the single day classes listed under them and often include additional topics and fieldwork.

Lecture, discussion, and experiential activities/fieldwork are combined to help students completely comprehend the course content.


Additional courses will be added in the future based on demand.  If your agency or organization has specific trail skills training needs, we can create and schedule a program that meets your needs.

These classes are beneficial for anyone that has an interest in or is responsible for managing natural surface multiple-use trails.  These trail skills will enhance the overall skill sets of staff from federal, state, and local government land management agencies; non-profit land conservancies; planning, parks and recreation, and maintenance departments; trail crew leaders, members, and volunteers.

*Hampton Inn, Eden, and Holiday Inn and Suites, Reidsville, are offering a special rate ($72 + tax) for TRAILS program students that may need overnight accommodations.  Please call the hotel directly, and tell them you are with the Rockingham Community College TRAILS program.

Cabins and tent camping are available at Camp GuilRock.  For additional information, please contact the Camp Director, at 336-342-1951.




Basic Trail Training - These classes are appropriate for individuals who will be involved in the planning and design, construction, maintenance, and management of natural surface multiple-use trails.  While not always required, the basic trail training classes will provide the ideal background for intermediate and advanced trail training. 

Take the full class at one time:

Sustainable Trail Layout, Construction, and Maintenance (25 hours)

Or break up the learning sessions:

Sustainable Trail Planning, Design, and Layout (8 hours)

Sustainable Trail Construction with Hand Tools (8 hours)

Sustainable Trail Maintenance (8 hours)


Intermediate Trail Training - These classes are appropriate for individuals who may be involved in the conceptual planning, assessment, permitting, and contracting of natural surface multiple-use trails.  Individuals in management roles who work with trail staff and professionals will benefit from the information offered in these classes.

Take the full class at one time:

Sustainable Trail Assessment, Permitting, and Contracting (16 hours)

Or break up the learning sessions:

Sustainable Trail Assessment (8 hours)

Sustainable Trail Permitting and Contracting (8 hours)

Additional training topics:

Sustainable Trail Management (8 hours)

Trail Planning for Local Governments (4 hours)


Advanced Trail Training - Field Experiences - These classes are appropriate for individuals who desire more field experience with basic, intermediate, and advanced trail training topics.  Small class sizes and focused fieldwork will allow participants to receive guided instruction in the field.  Individuals should have prior experience with basic and intermediate trail skills.

Intermediate Trail Planning, Design, and Layout (16 hours) 

Intermediate Trail Assessment (16 hours)

Basic Rockwork for Trails (16 hours) 

Sustainable Trail Construction with Mechanized Equipment (24 hours)  



Tim Johnson

Director, Duke Energy TRAILS

A.A.S., Haywood Community College
B.S., Western Carolina University
M.A., Appalachian State University

336-342-4261 extension 2704 

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