Boy Scout Aims to Better Biltmore Lake Trails

Moultrie Dangerfield has enjoyed living in Biltmore Lake for the past 12 years — and for the past year, he has been working to make it even better.

The 14-year-old Boy Scout with Troop 77 in Asheville has achieved the Life Boy Scout rank — bringing him very close to reaching his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Dangerfield has been working toward installing interpretive trail signs along the Enka Lake trails. The signs will be educational and will represent the beautiful Biltmore Lake community for years to come.

One of the final steps in achieving the Eagle Scout rank is to complete an Eagle Scout project for the community which includes volunteering, possibly fundraising and working with communities. Dangerfield decided to make his home the beneficiary of his hard work.

Not only has Dangerfield been raising the money for the signs himself, he also had to receive permission and concept approval from the Lake and Trails Committee, The Design Review Committee and the Board of Directors.

Fortunately, the Biltmore Lake community fully backed Moultrie on this project and many have donated money, said Moultrie’s father, Clay Dangerfield.

“It’s been a pretty cool community event,” Clay said, adding that the signs were approved unanimously after Moultrie presented them. “He also had to sell his idea to the community and many residents of what it would look like and how it would benefit the area.”

To date, Moultrie has raised about $1,000 and still needs about $1,000 to complete the project.

Since the Biltmore Lake Homeowners Association recently approved the fabrication and installation of the signs, Clay hopes the signs can be installed around the trails before Christmas.

Moultrie’s Scout Troop buddies and several community members are helping him create and build the signs. To coordinate his vision, Moultrie has worked with designer Michael Kovatch, Jonathan Marchal — a manager at the NC Arboretum, Jason Love — Coweeta Long Term Ecological Lab site manager, and Dan Clere — a former WNC Nature Center certified interpretive trail guide.

Moultrie is still seeking donations and volunteers to help with his project. Donations are tax deductible. Because Moultrie is responsible for the sign materials, any monetary donation helps. Volunteers are also needed for the installation of the signs.

To support the project or for questions, call 828-280-2581 or email mountriedanger@gmail.com.

By Shelby Harrell

About Shelby Harrell

Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.