Trail Masters Program


Trail Masters are leaders in developing and maintaining segments of the Thread Trail throughout the 15-county region. Volunteers and industry professionals attend a four-day course on the latest techniques in sustainable trail building and maintenance as well as volunteer leadership. This nationally recognized certification last three years. Volunteer Trail Masters serve as crew chiefs during our volunteer workdays, monitor trails, assist on special trail projects, support our implementation partners, and have the opportunity to help facilitate special events and outdoor programs. Volunteer Trail Masters commit 40 hours of volunteer service to the Thread Trail each year for a period of three years and play a vital role in enhancing our trail efforts throughout our communities. To date, we have trained and certified 98 Trail Masters!

The 2017 application is now closed. Check back in June for the 2018 course application.

For questions about the program, please contact Carolina Thread Trail Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Vanessa Covington at 704-376-2556 (ext. 215) or

Trail Master Eligibility Requirements:

Live in the 15 county Carolina Thread Trail footprint.

Attend a four-day trail building school.

Volunteer Trail Masters commit to 40 hours of service to the Thread Trail annually for the next three years.

Be at least 18 years of age.

Thread Trail Footprint

NC – Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union

SC –  Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, York

Volunteer Trail Master Program after Certification

Volunteer Trail Masters are expected to lead groups of volunteers during Thread Trail hosted community and private workdays. Community workdays are hosted monthly on Saturday mornings or Friday mornings. Private workdays may be hosted during the week in the mornings or afternoon.

Volunteer Trail Masters will also have the opportunity to work with staff on special trail projects, support our implementation with their design, construction, volunteer workday efforts and help monitor the trails we directly manage on a monthly basis. Trail Masters may also represent the Thread Trail and community outreach events and support our special events and outdoor programs we host throughout the year.

Launched in 2011, the Trail Masters Program has already certified 98 Trail Masters. Increasing the number of Trail Masters will allow the Thread Trail to increase the amount of volunteer hours specifically dedicated to trail building and maintenance. Current Trail Masters have already registered more than 4,500 volunteer hours since the program’s launch.

For Current Trail Masters:

How to submit your hours: To submit your drive time and additional hours working on the Thread Trail that don’t coincide with a posted event registration (those hours will automatically be documented when you register for an event on our website) , please login to your volunteer profile and hit Record / Update Service Project Activity to enter in those hours.

How to submit a workday you would like to host: To submit a volunteer workday you’d like to host in your section of the Thread Trail that we can promote and help recruit community volunteers to assist you, please submit the event online here and we’ll be in touch soon!

If you are hosting a workday, please contact Vanessa Gorr at or 704-376-2556 x215, for copies for the Volunteer Waiver or click here to download the PDF.

How to submit Trail Assessments:  Click here to access and complete a trail assessment. These are due by the end of each month.


Trail Master Class of 2017

The Trail Masters:

*New 2017 Trail Masters

Gregg Antemann *Brittnay Brown Scott Brown
Stephanie Bush Beth Chuck *Staci Clark
Ben DeBow Bruce Elliot Bill Farar
Joe Fisher *Frank Gammon Carolyn Genay
Sarah Genay Jason Grice *Krista Harvey
Byron Haigler Brian Hinson *Taylor Honeycutt
Natalie Jackson Julia James Krik Johnston
Madison Karriker Gerry Kingsley Mark Kincaid
John Kinley Charlie Lieske *Brett Lindsay
Allen Lowrance Patrick Lynch Bert Lynn
*Rich Malcolm Bill McCarter Lisa McCarter
Jimi Moore Mike Moore Charlotte Morley
Jerry Myles *Randy Nelson *John O’Connor
Sheri Osborne *Rachel Pharr Jeff Pinnow
*Brandon Schaeffer Chip Sell *Rob Sharpe
Colleen Simmons *Eric Smallwood Keith Sornensen
*Stephen Spooner Whit Strunk Josh Taylor
Chris Timberlake Jason Toon *Jordan Tubbs
Jeff Watson Tom Watson Ashley Wittmer
*Ashley Wysong