Sustainable Trails: Build, Use & Maintain Better Trails


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  • Group size 20 people
  • Instructor Peter Barr Conserving Carolina

Understanding sustainable trail concepts is the first step to becoming a good steward of our region's beloved public trail networks. Join Peter Barr, Trails Coordinator at Conserving Carolina, for a presentation on the Introduction to Sustainable Trails. Learn what makes a good recreational trail--a sustainable path that will last a lifetime with minimal maintenance with limited impact on its surrounding natural resources. Presentation will include the study of "trails as a science", what makes a good trail vs. a bad trail, the four concepts of trail sustainability, how to "do it right the first time", crucial trail planning and design concepts, effective construction techniques, and maintenance practices to mitigate existing trail problems. Learn how to become a better trail designer, builder, maintainer, and user. Peter Barr is the Trails Coordinator at Conserving Carolina and leads the development of the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail network, a 125+ mile system of hiking, biking, and climbing trails that connect lands in the scenic and rugged Hickory Nut Gorge. Since 2010 Peter has coordinated nearly 20 miles of sustainable trails in the Hickory Nut Gorge.

    Activity location

    Asheville REI

    31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC 28803

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