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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].

201​7 Konnarock ​project schedule & calendar

Week Dates Project (2 crews per week) Description Notes:
1 May 3-7 Crew 1: 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 This crew week is FULL
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 This crew week is FULL
2 May 11-15
Crew 1: South of Stecoah Gap Rehab - SMHC Crew will be repairing and installing log steps and waterbars, reducing erosion and improving drainage. Near Fontana Dam, NC This crew week is FULL
Crew 2: Yellow Mountain Rehab - NHC This project includes basic Trail rehab: i.e. adding drainage, installing and repairing steps and cribs, and redigging outsloped tread. Near Franklin, NC *We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 2-3 for this NHC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, May 11-23. The crew stays down in NC near Franklin over the 3 "off" days.
3 May 19-23 Crew 1: Buzzard Rocks Rehab - MRATC & Hardcore Konnarock will be partnering up with Hardcore volunteers for a unique crew week installing rock waterbars, steps, and cribbing on a heavily used and gullied section. Near Grayson Highlands State Park, VA. Experienced trail crew volunteers only this week. Krock volunteers will be leading small groups of Hardcore volunteers on small projects.
Crew 2: Yellow Mountain Rehab - NHC This project includes basic Trail rehab: i.e. adding drainage, installing and repairing steps and cribs, and redigging outsloped tread. Near Franklin, NC *We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 2-3 for this NHC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, May 11-23. The crew stays down in NC near Franklin over the 3 "off" days.
4 May 27-31 Crew 1: Jerry Cabin to Big Butt Rehab - CMC This project is focused on redigging outsloped or too narrow tread, installing and constructing rock steps, and laying down crush through a wet area. Near Greeneville, TN This crew week is FULL with University of Central Missouri military veterans group
Crew 2: Sinking Creek Relocation - RATC Work continues on this nearly 1 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!) This crew week is FULL with University of Central Missouri military veterans group
Mid-Season Break: June 1 – 6
5 June 7-11 Crew 1: Jerry Cabin to Big Butt Rehab - CMC This project is focused on redigging outsloped or too narrow tread, installing and constructing rock steps, and laying down crush through a wet area. Near Greeneville, TN
Crew 2: Justus Mountain Relocation - GATC Work continues on this relo, digging new tread on a sustainable grade. Focus will be on installing and constructing rock steps and cribbing. Near Suches, GA *We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 5 & 6 for this GATC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, June 7-19. The crew stays down in GA near Dahlonega over the 3 "off" days.
6 June 15-19 Crew 1: Jerry Cabin to Big Butt Rehab - CMC This project is focused on redigging outsloped or too narrow tread, installing and constructing rock steps, and laying down crush through a wet area. Near Greeneville, TN
Crew 2: Justus Mountain Relocation - GATC Work continues on this relo, digging new tread on a sustainable grade. Focus will be on installing and constructing rock steps and cribbing. Near Suches, GA *We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 5 & 6 for this GATC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, June 7-19. The crew stays down in GA near Dahlonega over the 3 "off" days.
7 June 23-27 Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation - NBATC Work continues on this multiple year relo within the James River Face Wilderness; sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA  
Crew 2: Buzzard Rock OR Massie Gap to Thomas Knob Shelter Rehab - MRATC Crew will be completing any remaining work from Week 3 project. Both projects will involve constructing rock steps, waterbars, and cribbing. Work also includes shutting down user-created/social trails. Near Grayson Highlands State Park. This project may involve backpacking in. Volunteers would carry personal gear, tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc. on 3 mile one way hike-in(and out). Community gear, tools, food, and equipment will be shuttled in by USFS with ATV's.
8 July 1-5 Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation - NBATC Work continues on this multiple year relo within the James River Face Wilderness; sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA
Crew 2: Buzzard Rocks OR Massie Gap to Thomas Knob Shelter Rehab - MRATC Crew will be completing any remaining work from Week 3 project. Both projects will involve constructing rock steps, waterbars, and cribbing. Work also includes shutting down user-created/social trails. Near Grayson Highlands State Park. This project may involve backpacking in. Volunteers would carry personal gear, tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc. on 3 mile one way hike-in(and out). Community gear, tools, food, and equipment will be shuttled in by USFS with ATV's.
Mid-Season Break: July 6 – 11
9 July 12-16 Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation - NBATC Work continues on this multiple year relo within the James River Face Wilderness; sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA  
Crew 2: Sinking Creek Relocation - RATC Work continues on this nearly 1 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!)
10 July 20-24 Crew 1: Jump Off Rehab - NHC Fall 2016 Wildfire Restoration project repairing and replacing burned log steps, waterbars, and cribbing. Near the NOC, NC.  
Crew 2: Sinking Creek Relocation - RATC Work continues on this nearly 1 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!)
11 July 28 - August 1 Crew 1: Jump Off Rehab - NHC Fall 2016 Wildfire Restoration project repairing and replacing burned log steps, waterbars, and cribbing. Near the NOC, NC.  
Crew 2: Brown Fork Gap Relocation - SMHC This relocation will move the current alignment of the A.T. from a steep, eroding, fall line section to a more sustainable, sidehill location. Near Fontana Dam, NC *We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 11&12 for this SMHC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, July 28-August 9. The crew stays down in NC near Fontana Dam over the 3 "off" days.
12 August 5-9 Crew 1: Jump Off Rehab - NHC Fall 2016 Wildfire Restoration project repairing and replacing burned log steps, waterbars, and cribbing. Near the NOC, NC.  
Crew 2: Brown Fork Gap Relocation - SMHC This relocation will move the current alignment of the A.T. from a steep, eroding, fall line section to a more sustainable, sidehill location. Near Fontana Dam, NC *We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 11&12 for this SMHC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, July 28-August 9. The crew stays down in NC near Fontana Dam over the 3 "off" days.
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*The ​green blocks indicate crew weeks.