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.

Base Camp

The crew is based at ATC’s 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.

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.

Special Bear Mountain Sessions in 2014

The crew schedule has been extended in 2014 to provide additional work on the Bear Mountain (NY) relocation project. There will be a spring season in April and early May, and the usual fall crew season will be extended. One Bear Mountain session will follow the usual weekly schedule; others will last for 11 days, with a rest day in the middle. Volunteers will be able to sign up for half of a session if they are able to meet the crew at Bear Mountain. Please see the schedule below or contact ATC for more information.

Contact Us

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

 

2014 MID-ATLANTIC TRAIL CREW SCHEDULE 

Mid-Atlantic Crew - Spring Session

Week Dates Project Description Notes
Weeks 1 and 2 4/3 - 4/13/2014 Bear Mountain, NY Work continues with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to construct new trail in the project to redesign and relocate the A.T. on Bear Mountain, NY. Work will 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.  This is an 11-day session, with a rest/laundry day April 8. Volunteers willing to meet the crew at Bear Mountain may sign up for either half of the session.
Week 3 4/17 - 4/21/2014 Bear Mountain, NY Work with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to continue construction of new trail  in the project to redesign and relocate the A.T. on Bear Mountain, NY. Work will 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.  Easter Sunday falls in this session. 
Weeks 4 and 5 4/24 - 5/4/2014 Bear Mountain, NY Work with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to continue construction of new trail  in the project to redesign and relocate the A.T. on Bear Mountain, NY. Work will 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.  This is an 11-day session, with a rest/laundry day April 29. Volunteers willing to meet the crew at Bear Mountain may sign up for either half of the session.

Mid-Atlantic Crew - Summer/Fall Session

Week Dates Project Description Notes
Weeks 1 and 2 8/21 - 8/31/2014 Bear Mountain, NY Work with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to continue construction of new trail  in the project to redesign and relocate the A.T. on Bear Mountain, NY. Work will 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.  This is an 11-day session, with a rest/laundry day Aug. 26. Volunteers willing to meet the crew at Bear Mountain may sign up for either half of the session.
Week 3 9/4 - 9/8/14 Loudoun Heights, WV Start a mile-long relocation of the A.T. on Loudon Heights near Harpers Ferry, WV with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Work will consist primarily of digging full bench side-hill tread, with some rock work also possible. The crew will stay at a nearby PATC cabin. 
Week 4 9/11 - 9/15/2014 Loudoun Heights, WV Start a mile-long relocation of the A.T. on Loudon Heights near Harpers Ferry, WV with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Work will consist primarily of digging full bench side-hill tread, with some rock work also possible. The crew will stay at a nearby PATC cabin. 
Weeks 5 and 6 9/18 - 9/28/2014 Bear Mountain, NY Work with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to continue construction of new trail  in the project to redesign and relocate the A.T. on Bear Mountain, NY. Work will 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.  This is an 11-day session, with a rest/laundry day Sept. 23. Volunteers willing to meet the crew at Bear Mountain may sign up for either half of the session.
Weeks 7 and 8 10/2 - 10/12/2014 Bear Mountain, NY Work with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to continue construction of new trail  in the project to redesign and relocate the A.T. on Bear Mountain, NY. Work will 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.  This is an 11-day session, with a rest/laundry day Oct. 7. Volunteers willing to meet the crew at Bear Mountain may sign up for either half of the session. 
Week 9 10/16 - 10/20/2014 MD 491, MD Work with the Mountain Club of Maryland to install stone steps and crib wall on eroding tread on a steep side slope near MD 491. The crew will tent camp at a nearby state park.
Week 10 10/23 - 10/27/2014 MD 491, MD Work with the Mountain Club of Maryland to install stone steps and crib wall on eroding tread on a steep side slope near MD 491. The crew will tent camp at a nearby state park.
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Do you have what it takes to be an Appalachian Trail Crew Volunteer?


  • Are you at least 18 years of age?
  • Do you like a physical challenge?
  • Can you volunteer for a Full Crew Session** on the A.T.?
  • Do you enjoy spending time with like-minded people?

Konnarock Crew PictureIf so, we’d like to hear from you!  On a Trail Crew, you can count on getting very dirty and sweaty while doing some of the hardest and most rewarding work of your life! 

A full crew session is a week to ten days, depending on the Crew, during which you will be living with your fellow crew members, led by experienced crew leaders, while learning Trail or shelter maintenance. Depending on the project, you may hike several miles every day while carrying a backpack and hefty tools. 

The pace is slower, your Crew leaders and co-volunteers are friendly and diverse, but share one important common trait: they all love the Appalachian Trail!  Plus, your hard work will last for years to come to be enjoyed by future generations.

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