Rutherford Outdoor Coalition


Volunteering is a great way to build skills, meet people, and give back to the community all while having fun. We invite and encourage individuals and groups of all backgrounds and ages to get involved and help grow a stronger community.

ROC offers many types of volunteer opportunities throughout the year with varying levels of involvement and physical activity. Our volunteer opportunities include trail projects, fundraising events, festivals, group outings, clean-ups and more. We also have Trail Boss and River Steward programs for those who would like to take special interest in a certain section of trail or river.

If you or your group would like more information on volunteer opportunities you can contact our Outdoor Programs Director or our Trails Coordinator.

Trails Coordinator

ROC in partnership with Town of Lake Lure and Rutherford County host an AmeriCorps position with CMLC’s Project Conserve. This is a National Service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving western North Carolina for an 11 month service term. The program focuses on collaboration with nonprofit organizations, community groups and local governments to provide service throughout the region.

The Trails Coordinator is the main contact for volunteers to help with trail projects and group hikes. To get involved contact the Trails Coordinator .


Trevor Freeman is our Trails Coordinator. He will be helping to expand and improve Rutherford County’s growing trail system and community connection to public lands. Trevor grew up here in Rutherford County and attended East Rutherford High School. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in history, and a strong interest in conservation and national parks in the United States, along with the Revolutionary War. He interned at Chimney Rock State Park, exploring all the nooks and crannies of the Hickory Nut Gorge, archiving photographs, and interpreting the rich history of the area. Trevor also interned nearby at Cowpens National Battlefield, where he still occasionally volunteers. He has frequented the trails and streams in this area for years as a hiker and outdoorsman and is happy to serve his home community and its wonderful natural resources. 

Trail Boss & River Steward Programs

The goal of our Trail Boss and River Steward programs is to create a team of dedicated volunteer leaders that take special interest and ownership of our tail systems, protecting and preserving them for generations to come.

Our Trail Bosses and River Stewards get out on the trails and river on a regular basis and are asked to report any issues, assist with minor maintenance, and help to keep their sections clean.

If you are interested in becoming a Trail Boss or River Steward please contact our Trails Coordinator.


Bring a Map

Keep your maps in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain and know how to use them. GPS units are great, but they are not substitutes for knowing how to use a map and compass.