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.


Appalachian Trail Conservancy's MidAtlantic Trail Crew

base camp

The crew is based at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC) 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 day prior to the start of the crew week.

MidAtlantic Trail Crew working on Board Walk

crew week

Crew members meet at base camp on the afternoon or evening of the day before the first day of their work week for dinner and an orientation session. The first day of the work week begins with a hearty breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by travel to the project. The remainder of the first day is spent on some combination of working on the project and setting up a field camp. The crew spends the next three days working on the project. On the final day of the work week the schedule is the reverse of first—field camp is packed up, some work may be done on the project, and the crew travels back to base camp. Tools, the field kitchen and vehicles are cleaned, followed by an optional celebratory dinner. Volunteers who will be volunteering for the next session are welcome to stay at the base camp between sessions, with the exception of the mid-season break.

Please note that there are now three days off between each crew session and a 6 day break in the middle of the season. Crew weeks are highlighted in light blue on the calendar below. Please contact us with any questions about the new schedule.

2019 mid-atlantic crew schedule

Week Dates Crew
1 8/28 - 9/1 Loudoun Heights, WV. Continue relocation of the A.T. on Loudoun Heights with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, overlooking the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry, WV. Work may include vegetative clearing, tread definition or side hill bench construction. The crew will stay at a nearby cabin owned by the local trail maintaining club.
2 9/5 - 9/9 Loudoun Heights, WV.
3 9/13 - 9/17 Loudoun Heights, WV.
4 9/21 - 9/25 MD 491 Treadway Rehabilitation. Work with the Mountain Club of Maryland to rehabilitate the current treadway as it descends to a road crossing. Work may include re-digging side hill, installing steps or building crib wall. The crew will tent at a Maryland state park.
Mid-Season Break: September 26 - October 1
5 10/2 - 10/6 Loudoun Heights, WV
6 10/10 - 10/14 Loudoun Heights, WV
7 10/18 - 10/22 Loudoun Heights, WV
8 10/26 - 10/30 MD 491 Treadway Rehab

Calendar

August
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September
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October
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contact us

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