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Rocky Top - Session 1

  • Dates: 21 – 28 Aug, 2020
  • Location: Gatlinburg, TN, United States
  • Contact: Stephen Eren
  • Email: [email protected]


Experience the Smoky Mountains from a different perspective this fall working and camping on the Appalachian Trail.

The 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park cross the Trail's highest point and traverse the most diverse ecosystem and largest roadless area along the Trail. Half of the Appalachian Trail in the Park is open to horse use, and the crew's current work involves reconstructing those sections where horses and hikers share the Trail. Because this portion of the Trail also receives so much rainfall annually, there is a lot of work to be done to repair the Trail where significant erosion has compromised the tread way.

The crew backpacks about 10 miles to the work area and field camps for the eight-day sessions. Crew members carry most everything they need, but do receive some support from equestrian partners to help in carrying tools and some food up the mountain. However, crew volunteers should expect to carry between 40-55 lbs on their backs and may also need to hand-carry some tools.

Experienced backpackers with recent backcountry experience are welcome to apply for this strenuous crew. For more information on this crew, and for Crew Fit, a training program available to participants of this crew, please visit the Rocky Top Crew page. Volunteers with interest but lacking extensive backcountry experience are encouraged to apply for the Konnarock Trail Crew.

Due to the challenging nature of the crew, volunteers interested in this exciting adventure will be sent an additional questionnaire after expressing interest using the form below. 

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