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​konnarock trail crew

Konnarock is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's flagship crew program, founded in 1983 and named after its original base camp in southwest Virginia. The crew works on the Appalachian Trail from Rockfish Gap, near Waynesboro, Virginia, to the Trail's southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia. The program is a joint venture of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the 12 southern Trail clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.

At Konnarock, volunteers of diverse ages, backgrounds, and experience levels work together to build durable trail that will last for generations. After five days of working as a team, learning new skills, and living in the backcountry both the crew and the trail is transformed. No experience is necessary, but you must be 18 years or older. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy provides training, equipment, and room and board. Crews are transported in U.S. Forest Service vehicles from the base camp in Sugar Grove to a primitive, backcountry tent camp near the project site.


Konnarock Trail Crew In the Field

base camp

The Konnarock Crew is hosted by the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area at its Sugar Grove Work Center. The main building houses dining and recreation facilities, an office, and the crew's tool room. Separate buildings provide a large, institutional kitchen and two shower houses, with bathroom and laundry facilities. Crew members sleep in simple cabins ("pods") near the shower houses, with beds and electricity.

Konnarock Trail Crew Hammer Drill

crew week

Crew members arrive on the evening before their work week starts in time to get settled in, eat dinner, and attend an orientation session. Whether they will be working with Crew 1 or Crew 2, crew members meet their crew leaders and fellow volunteers, and are issued safety equipment and loaner camping gear as needed. An early morning on the first day of the crew week (7 a.m.) begins with a hearty breakfast followed by any last-minute preparations and departure to the project sites. Volunteers work a five-day week in the field, tent camping at a remote site with vehicle access, and return to base camp for a celebratory dinner the evening of the fifth day.

Volunteers working more than one session are welcome to stay at Konnarock base camp between sessions, with the exception of the mid-season breaks. Other accommodations may be available for multiweek volunteers during the mid-season breaks. Multiweek volunteers should plan to spend at least an hour or two of their days off pitching in to keep base camp running smoothly—and the rest of it relaxing and exploring the beautiful Mount Rogers area! 

Please note that there are now three days off between each crew week. Crew weeks are highlighted in yellow on the calendar below, with the first day of each week in red. Please contact us with any questions about the new schedule at 540.904.4393 or [email protected].

2016 konnarock ​project schedule & calendar

Crew weeks are in yellow with the first day highlighted in red.

 

Week Dates Projects (2 crews per week) Description Notes
1 April 27 - May 1 Crew 1: Grayson Highlands/Massie Gap Rehab (MRATC) Routine trail rehabilitation in Grayson Highlands. Utilizing native rock, the crew will be installing waterbars and steps Crew will be camping at Grayson Highlands State Park Campground (heated lodging may be provided).
Crew 2: Highcock Knob Relocation (NBATC) Work continues on this multi-year relo in the James River Face Wilderness. /sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA   
2 May 5-9 Crew 1: South of Stecoah Gap Rehab (SMHC)  Crew will be repairing and installing log steps and waterbars, reducing erosion an dimproving drainage. Near Fontana Village, NC
Crew 2: Justus Mountain Relocation (GATC)  Work will begin on a new relo, digging new tread on a sustainable grade. Near Suches, GA
*We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 2-3 for the GATC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, May 5-17. The crew stays in GA over the 3 "off" days.
3 May 13-17 Crew 1: Scales Rehab (MRATC)  Installing rock steps and cribbing on a heavily used and gullied section. Located in Grayson Highlands Konnarock will be partnering with "Hardcore" volunteers for a unique crew week.
Crew 2: Justus Mountain Relocation (GATC)    Work will begin on a new relo, digging new tread on a sustainable grade. Near Suches, GA
*We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 2-3 for the GATC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, May 5-17. The crew stays in GA over the 3 "off" days.
4 May 21-25 Crew 1: South of Stecoah Gap Rehab (SMHC)  Crew will be repairing and installing log steps and waterbars, reducing erosion an dimproving drainage. Near Fontana Village, NC   
Crew 2: Standing Indian Mountain Rehab (NHC)  Work will include installing steps and erosion control features on a mile of A.T. in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. Near Franklin, NC  
Mid-Season Break
5 June 1-5 Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation (NBATC) Work continues on this multi-year relo in the James River Face Wilderness. Sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA    
Crew 2:  Standing Indian Mountain Rehab (NHC)  Work will include installing steps and erosion control features on a mile of A.T. in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. Near Franklin, NC  
6 June 9-13 Crew 1: Seng Ridge Relocation (CMC) This relocation will move the A.T. away from private property and put it on a more sustainable grade. Near Hot Springs, NC   
Crew 2: Standing Indian Mountain Rehab (NHC)  Work will include installing steps and erosion control features on a mile of A.T. in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness near Franklin, NC  
7 June 17-21 Crew 1: New River Relocation (OCVT The crew will be finishing the multi-year, 6.5 mile relocation. Digging new trail, completing rockwork, painting blazes, and opening up this section! Near Pearisburg, VA   
Crew 2: Highcock Knob Relocation (NBATC)  Work continues on this multi-year relo in the James River Face Wilderness. Sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA   


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June 25-29
Crew 1: Sinking Creek Relocation (RATC)  Work begins on this nearly one-mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Near Blacksburg, VA (and the Keffer Oak!)  
Crew 2: 
Backbone Rock Relocation (TEHCC)
Work continues on this blue-blazed side trail, eliminating steep fall-line sections and creating a more sustainable grade. Near Damascus, VA   
Mid-Season Break
9 July 6-10 Crew 1: Seng Ridge Relocation (CMC)  This relocation will move the A.T. away from private property and put it on a more sustainable grade. Near Hot Springs, NC   
Crew 2:  Rockfish Gap Rehab - ODATC
The crew will be installing steps and addressing severe erosion and drainage issues very near the Blue Ridge Parkway. This section is the gateway to Shenendoah National Park. Near Waynesboro, VA
 

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July 14-18
Crew 1: New River Relocation (OCVT The crew will be finishing the multi-year, 6.5 mile relocation. Digging new trail, completing rockwork, painting blazes, and opening up this section! Near Pearisburg, VA    
Crew 2: Massie Gap to Thomas Knob Rehab - MRATC Routine trail rehabilitation; utilizing native rock, the crew will be installing waterbars & steps and reducing braided trails. Located in the Grayson Highlands   
11 July 22-26 Crew 1: Seng Ridge Relocation (CMC)  This relocation will move the A.T. away from private property and put it on a more sustainable grade. Near Hot Springs, NC   
Crew 2:  Rockfish Gap Rehab - ODATC  The crew will be installing steps and addressing severe erosion and drainage issues very near the Blue Ridge Parkway. This section is the gateway to Shenendoah National Park. Near Waynesboro, VA  

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July 30 - August 3
Crew 1: Sinking Creek Relocation (RATC)
 Work begins on this nearly one-mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Near Blacksburg, VA (and the Keffer Oak!)  
Crew 2: 
Backbone Rock Relocation (TEHCC)
 
Work continues on this blue-blazed side trail, eliminating steep fall-line sections and creating a more sustainable grade. Near Damascus, VA 
 
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*The green blocks indicate Crew weeks. The first day of each session is bold and larger font.