Duke Energy TRAILS

Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaw safety classroom and field training is covered during this two-day USFS-certified training session by Helton Forestry Enterprises. Due to significant storm damage to area trails, the need for certified and recertified chainsaw operators is a critical issue. Participants learn basics of chainsaw job hazard analysis, use and maintenance, directional felling, as well as saw tasks and techniques. Participants perform chainsaw operations and are evaluated on their skill level under the guidance of one of the more experienced USFS qualified instructor/certifiers in NC. Certificates will be awarded to all participants. Participants must dress appropriately for trailwork – gloves, hard hat, safety goggles, chaps, and leather boots required. Chainsaws will be provided.

Instructor: Helton Forestry Enterprises Cost: TBA
Course Code Section Days Date Time Loc
SEF-7192-01 TBA THF TBA 8AM-5PM BLC 108

Intro to Sustainable Trail Design & Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

Classroom teaching and experiential learning are combined in this four-day training session to understand the fundamentals of sustainable trails and learn how to apply them. Participants learn sustainable trail principles, key trail design elements, physical sustainable trail attributes, and trail design effect on the user experience. Participants learn how to incorporate these fundamentals into trail layout, construction, and maintenance so they can be more effective at designing, managing, and expanding their trail systems.

This four-day workshop introduces design, construction, and maintenance techniques that result in trails having a reduced impact on the environment, better meet user needs, and require less maintenance over time. Participants will practice desktop trail planning, corridor planning, and pin flag trail alignments in the field. Field experience also includes construction and maintenance techniques that reduce tread soil loss and muddiness through improving the trail’s ability to shed water. Participants learn the importance of tread grade and alignment and learn how to use clinometers to measure tread grade and side slope. Additionally, this training session includes how to ensure a trail design has sufficient grade reversals from the outset as well as how to address existing trails suffering insufficient grade reversals.

Participants should bring:
  • Lunch, snacks and sufficient water (suggested 2 liters or more) for full days of field work
  • Appropriate dress for the forecasted weather including layers and rain gear
  • Appropriate clothing for field work including long pants and closed-toe shoes (comfortable sturdy work boots recommended)
  • Hi-viz (shirt, jacket, vest, etc. so that no matter the weather, your hi-viz is visible)
  • Work gloves with dexterity (mechanic–style gloves work well)
  • Safety glasses
  • Hard hat
  • Pen and paper for taking notes
  • Day pack for your lunch and gear so that your hands are free for carrying tools
  • Clinometer (if available to you)
RCC will provide:
  • Hand tools for trail building and maintenance
  • Clinometers
  • Supplemental PPE (hard hats, safety glasses, safety vests)

Note: There are no restroom facilities at the field site.

Instructor: Fina Trails LLC & Martha Becton Cost: $551
Course Code Section Days Date Time Loc
SEF-7128-01 58571 TWTHF 03/21/23 – 03/24/23 9:00am-3:00pm BLLC 201



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Sustainable Trail Management, Assessment, Permitting, and Contracting

During this two-day intermediate trail training session, participants learn about the comprehensive management of natural surface trails. Participants discuss trail assessment, trail facilities, signage, maintenances, wet weather trail closure, and other current issues. Classroom teaching and experiential learning are combined to understand critical trail assessment. Participants discuss how trail condition, maintenance, and safety can affect the “trail experience,” and they conduct a desktop trail system review. Participants learn how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. The session covers potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects based on assessment results. Gain field experience assessing existing trails and proposed reroutes on the RCC trail system. Fieldwork also includes a site visit to a local trail system to evaluate sustainable trail management topics. Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Participants must dress appropriately for hiking – long pants and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred), and be prepared to hike 3-6 miles over the course of two days.

Instructor: TBA Cost: TBA
Course Code Section Days Date Time Loc

Trail Construction with Mechanized Equipment

During this advanced three-day training session, participants gain an introduction into the world of mechanized trail building and train on a variety of mini-excavators and a Sutter trail dozer. For more information, call 336-342-4261 x2010.

Instructor: Tri-State Cost: TBA
Course Code Section Days Date Time Loc
SEF-7173-01 TBA M-W TBA 8AM-5PM BLC 108

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Certificates and CEUs will be awarded to all participants. You can register online under the RCC Continuing Education/Online Registration tabs on our general registration page . Use the course code number or a keyword to REGISTER ONLINE . 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.

The online registration system can be challenging for first-time registrants. Visit our step-by-step instructions to Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes. Our website and this list of classes constantly evolves so make sure and check back often.


The Boxley, Madison
  • $77/night corporate rate, all taxes included
  • $55/night student rate, all taxes included
  • Call 336-949-7621
  • Owner: Ed Moore
  • 117 E Hunter Street, Madison NC 27025
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Reidsville
  • $78.90/night for two queen beds
  • $83.90/night for king bed upgrade
  • Call 336-361-4000
  • 101 Express Dr, Reidsville NC 27320

Additional area lodging:

Hampton Inn Eden
  • 724 S Van Buren Rd, Eden NC 27288
  • 336-627-1111
Days Inn by Wyndham
  • 2205 Barnes St, Reidsville NC 27320
  • 336-496-2122
Quality Inn Reidsville Hwy 29
  • 2203 Barnes St, Reidsville NC 27320
  • 336-634-1275
Baymont by Wyndham Eden
  • 716 Linden Dr, Eden NC 27288
  • 336-864-0130
Camping and Cabins
Gioia dell’Amore Cellars at Autumn Creek Vineyards
  • 364 Means Creek Road, Mayodan NC 27027
  • 336-548-9463
Dan River Campground
  • 724 Webster Road, Stoneville NC 27408
  • 336-427-8530
Lake Reidsville Campground
  • 630 Waterworks Road, Reidsville NC 27320
  • 336-349-4738 (call for reservations)

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Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


336-349-9986 (fax)