Trail Workdays & Crew Leaders

If you’d like to help build and maintain trail, we have a workday going on somewhere in the state almost every weekend of the year and on some weekdays too. Below is a list of volunteer trail crew leaders in different areas. Please contact them for more information about upcoming workdays and how you can get involved. To find a date that works for you, search the calendar or find a location near you.

Asheville area

Pete Peterson –

Pisgah National Forest

Doug Veazey –

Tanawha Trail through Cone Park

Randy Johnson –

Watauga County

Shelton Wilder –

South Ashe County

Jim Hallsey –

North Ashe County

Hugh Heine –

Alleghany County

Steven Joines –

Stone Mountain to Elkin

Bob Hillyer –

Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Parks

Jay Young –

Sauratown Trails

Steven Mierisch –


Mike Simpson –

Eastern Guilford County

Greg Yahn-

Alamance County

Greg Yahn-

Orange County

Jim Suiter –

Shawn Williams –


John Willis –

Eno River

Fred Dietrich –

Falls Lake

Jeff Brewer –

Croatan Task Force

Dave Whitlow –


Workdays are sometimes new trail construction and sometimes maintenance of existing trail. Work may include using a rake and mattock (similar to a pickaxe) to dig new trail and remove small roots, clearing brush, moving logs, and picking up debris.

FMST will supply most of the tools for workdays, but extra loppers and mattox are welcome.

Please wear work clothes and bring a bag lunch, plenty of water, work gloves, hiking boots, and sunscreen. Sorry no dogs allowed at our workdays for safety reasons. If you are under the age of 18, please consult us before attending workdays.

Volunteer worksheet

Members of our Falls Lake Task Force-certified sawyers with specialized training- created this video about the use of a griphoist to improve safety when working with large trees on the trail.  Other trail crew leaders & volunteers may find this information very helpful in their work but we caution viewers to understand that use of this type of equipment should only be implemented by properly trained sawyers.