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Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Appalachian Trail. We have plenty of opportunities for you to give back to the Trail you love so much.

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a life-changing trail with life-changing opportunities

More than 6,000 volunteers contribute more than 250,000 hours each year to keep the 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 relocating 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.

​Ways Volunteers Can Participate​:

  • Become a Trail maintainer, keeping the footpath passable
  • Work on Trail shelters, bridges, and and other structures
  • 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 ​A.T. Community™ program
  • Become active partners in Trail management, participating in local, regional and Trail-wide management efforts

Learn more about getting involved with Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs, ATC Trail crews, and other volunteer opportunities using the links at left.

Volunteer of the Month

Highlighting the contributions of Appalachian Trail volunteers who work in the field or behind the scenes to protect, manage, and maintain the Trail and provide inspiration and education to others.​



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Matthew Vaughan

November 2017

Artie Hidalgo

October 2017

Judy McGuire

August 2017

Dan Firth

July 2017

Gail Lehman

June 2017

Pam Underhill and James Smyle

May 2017

Fred Tutman

March 2017

Diana Christopulos

February 2017

Ron Bungay

January 2017

Doug DeJarnette

December 2016

Kayla Carter

November 2016

Jim Fetig

October 2016

Tom Gorrill

August 2016

Ted Mowery

July 2016

Robert Snyder and Mary Berryhill

June 2016

Jay Dement

April 2016

Kathy Winters

March 2016

Jim Liptack

February 2016

Dewey Clark

January 2016

Steve Smith

October 2015

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toolkit for trail clubs

A.T. managers, this section is for you! Here you will find links to A.T. policies and planning guidance as well as information for boundary volunteers and volunteer management resources. If you have any questions or comments, or need assistance locating an item, email [email protected].


RESOURCES FOR MANAGERS       THE REGISTER BLOG

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Rocky Top Trail Crew

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Konnarock Trail Crew Logo

Konnarock Trail Crew

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Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew Logo


S.W.E.A.T. Trail Crew

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Maine Trail Crew

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Vermont Long Trail Patrol

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Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew

Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew

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workshops & certifications

We partner with A.T. clubs and government agencies to provide workshops for current and new volunteers. These workshops include training on Trail maintenance, sawyer certification, rock work, wilderness first aid, environmental monitoring, and more. If your club needs additional training, we encourage you to contact your ATC regional office.

The workshops generally are open to any participant, but pre-registration is required. There are no fees unless indicated. Most workshops require wearing work clothes (you'll probably get dirty), work gloves and sturdy boots. You'll also need to bring a lunch.  

We also provide a sawyer certification program for A.T. volunteers. Certification is required for anyone using a chainsaw or crosscut saw on the Trail.

How to Hike the A.T. Workshop at Second Gear

  • Dates: 26 – 26 Oct, 2017
  • Location: Asheville, NC
  • Address: 444 Haywood Rd
  • Contact: Chloe de Camara
  • Email: [email protected]


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announces classes for people with interest in hiking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Courses provide future long-distance hikers with knowledge for a well-prepared hike on the A.T. These courses are taught by ATC staff themselves. Your personal approach to hiking the A.T. should be different than the next guy or gal! Join us for an informative workshop on all aspects of planning for a long distance hike on the A.T. — from the essential gear to the diversity of the A.T. experience. Bring your big dreams and questions to learn from experienced hikers. You’ll be more confident as you put your best foot forward to reach your goals on the A.T.

The workshop will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at Second Gear Outfitters in Asheville, NC. Event is free and open to the public.
 




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Volunteers at Trail Days Recognition

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Volunteers are "the soul" of the Appalachian Trail, and we appreciate all of their efforts! These extraordinary people put in approximately 200,000 hours of volunteer work every year in an effort to keep the A.T. open and in good repair and to manage and promote the Trail. Click the buttons below to learn more, or to nominate someone you believe should be recognized.


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