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Thermal Belt Rail Trail Ambassadors Program Launched

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

Rutherford Outdoor Coalition (ROC) launched a Trail Ambassador Program for the Thermal Belt Trail!

The purpose of the program is:

  • To assist users of TBRT in learning user protocols, routes, parking and local guidelines.

  • To provide on-site assistance as needed to users.

  • To report any outstanding maintenance issues on the trail.

  • To interact with users and discover user wants and needs for the trail.

  • To work with the Trail Partners to improve utility, appearance and trail conditions.

  • To establish a representative for on-site monitoring trail use and providing positive user enforcement.

We are looking for volunteers that regularly walk, bike, or run the trail.

As a Trail Ambassador, you will be provided with an identifying tshirt and the tools needed to engage with TBRT users to support positive experiences and encourage trail safety. Ambassadors can also serve as a reference point for restaurants and other county services.

Ambassadors are a friendly face, not enforcers. Ambassadors are to encourage safe use of the trail and inform users of trail rules, not enforce these rules. Ambassadors can also help serve as eyes for the Trail Partners if maintenance or other improvements are needed.

If interested in becoming a Trail Ambassador, please get in touch with our Outdoor Programs Director, Jess Kerr, for more details. She can be reached by email at and by phone at 828-351-3235. Please include information such as your availability, preferred trail section, tshirt size, and contact information.

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