mid-atlantic trail crew

Based at an old farmstead in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic Crew works on the Appalachian Trail from Rockfish Gap in Virginia to the New York–Connecticut state line. Sponsored by the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the A.T. maintaining clubs of the mid-Atlantic region, it normally runs for eight weeks from late August to late October.


Appalachian Trail Conservancy's MidAtlantic Trail Crew

base camp

The crew is based at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC) Scott Farm Trail Work Center, along the Appalachian Trail near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Crew quarters and a common area are located in a bunkhouse, and a dining room/meeting room, kitchen, showers, and laundry facilities are available in the nearby farmhouse. The crew usually gathers at the Scott Farm on the Wednesday prior to the start of the crew week.

MidAtlantic Trail Crew working on Board Walk

crew week

Crew members arrive at base camp on the Wednesday afternoon or evening before their work-week for dinner and a mandatory orientation session. The crew travels to the project Thursday morning and spends the rest of the day setting up field camp and working on the project if time allows. After working on the project Friday to Sunday, on Monday the schedule is the reverse of Thursday’s—field camp is packed up, some work may be done on the project, and the crew travels back to base camp. Volunteers who will be working the next session are welcome to stay at the base camp between sessions.

2017 ​mid-atlantic crew schedule

The Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew work-week runs Thursday to Monday. Crew members arrive on Wednesday afternoon or evening before their scheduled work week for a crew dinner and program orientation. The crew returns to base camp on Monday afternoon. Multiple-week volunteers can stay at the base camp on off-days.

Week Dates Project Description Notes:
1 August 31 - Sept 4 Bear Mountain, NY With the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, continue the project to redesign and relocate the A.T. on Bear Mountain, NY. Work may include splitting and shaping stone, transporting it with rigging equipment and installing it as steps and crib wall. 
The crew will tent at a camp in Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park.

2 Sept 7-11
Loudoun Heights, WV
Continue relocation of the A.T. on Loudoun Heights with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, overlooking the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry, WV. Work will consist mainly of digging side-hill bench tread.
The crew will stay at a nearby cabin owned by the Potomac A.T. Club.

3 Sept 14-18 Loudoun Heights, WV
Continue relocation of the A.T. on Loudoun Heights with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, overlooking the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry, WV. Work will consist mainly of digging side-hill bench tread.
The crew will stay at a nearby cabin owned by the Potomac A.T. Club.

4 Sept 21-25
Vernon, NJ
With the New York-New Jersey Trail
Conference, begin the replacement of decking and kickrail on the Pochuck boardwalk in NJ.
The crew will tent in nearby Wawayanda State Park.

5 Sept 28 - Oct 2 Vernon, NJ
With the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, begin the replacement of decking and kickrail on the Pochuck boardwalk in NJ.

The crew will tent in nearby Wawayanda State Park.
6 Oct 5-9 Vernon, NJ With the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, begin the replacement of decking and kickrail on the Pochuck boardwalk in NJ. The crew will tent in nearby Wawayanda State Park.
7 Oct 12-16 Cumberland Valley, PA Work with the Cumberland Valley A.T. Club on the extension of an existing boardwalk along the Conodoguinet Creek. The crew will remain at crew base camp near Carlisle, PA for this project.
8 Oct 19-23 Cumberland Valley, PA Work with the Cumberland Valley A.T. Club on the extension of an existing boardwalk along the Conodoguinet Creek. The crew will remain at crew base camp near Carlisle, PA for this project.

contact us

Give us a call at (717) 258-5771 x203 or email [email protected]  with any questions.