Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Rocky Top Trail Crew is Heading Into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park With Open Positions

Date Published: Aug 03, 2011

Asheville, NC (August 02, 2011) –  The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) Rocky Top Trail Crew is searching for horse packers and crew volunteers this Fall to help maintain the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The ATC will provide food, tools, equipment and professional Trail Crew leaders to aide volunteers.

The Rocky Top Crew, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, works exclusively on the 35 miles of the A.T. through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that is open to horse use.

Beginning on September 5, 2011, volunteers can participate in one of the six packing days or one of five week long sessions. Crew members arrive on the afternoon before their work session for dinner and orientation. Crew members working more than one session may stay at the base camp during their days off.

Fall 2011 Schedule
  • Week 1:  9/5-9/12
  • Week 2:  9/16-9/23
  • Week 3:  9/27-10/4
  • Week 4:  10/12-10/19
  • Week 5:  10/23-10/30
Horses take supplies to volunteers on six separate packing days.  Any equestrians who hike the Trail are welcomed to bring their horses along and help the Crew maintain the A.T. in the Park.

The experiences of working together, learning new skills, and backcountry living makes for an unbeatable combination of fun. No experience is necessary, but you must be 18 years or older to participate.

This unique partnership between hikers and trail riders keeps this section of Trail open and in good shape. Join our partnership today and protect the A.T.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Andrew Downs at (828) 254-3708.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]


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  1. Mark Meza | Jan 17, 2012

    Is there an age or size limit with regard to the work or riding horses.  I am 62 and 200 lbs.  I have worked on the trail twice before cutting stone steps (hand drilling, breaking stone, block and tackel work), clearing trail (chain saw, pick, shovel, levering stone and log), and building boardwalk over marsh land (sinking steel screw braces, setting supports, decking,etc.), but have not tried the Rocky Top work.  I ride since being raised in Texas.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Mark 703-786-4002

  2. Makalah | Sep 25, 2011
    Knocked my socks off with knwolegde!
  3. Adiana | Sep 07, 2011
    No copmailtns on this end, simply a good piece.
  4. Jetsin | Aug 16, 2011
    Ab fab my gdooly man.
  5. Wendy | Aug 11, 2011

     Where are the meeting places for persons wanting to help and have their own horses. I am a member of a club out of Haysville NC. We ride many of the trails there. We have our own clean up days to help maintain trails here. Please give us more details.

    Thank You!

    Wendy Devine

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