Over 6000 volunteers contribute more than 200,000 hours each year keeping the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) available for all to use. Volunteers are active in all aspects of Trail work, from basic maintenance to major projects such as building bridges and shelters and building new sections of the A.T.
Though Trail maintainers are perhaps the most visible, volunteers also participate in many other activities, from outreach to Trail management.
- Maintain and monitor the Trail corridor, making sure the land surrounding the footpath is protected
- Monitor and remove invasive species
- Support teachers in the Trail to Every Classroom program
- Provide support and leadership to towns near the Trail participating in the Appalachian Trail Communities program
- Are active partners in the management of the A.T., participating in local, regional and Trail-wide management efforts