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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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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.

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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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Ron MacLean

December 2017

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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].


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Rocky Top Trail Crew


Konnarock Trail Crew Logo

Konnarock Trail Crew


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


Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew

Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew


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.

African American History Hike

  • Dates: 01 – 01 Oct, 2017
  • Location: Harpers Ferry, WV, United State
  • Address: 799 Washington Street
  • Contact: Laurie Potteiger
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 304-930-5267


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Storer College, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will offer an African American History Hike that will showcase the rich history along the Harpers Ferry section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

The hike starts at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center at 11:00 am, and will end in the lower town historic district at 1:00 pm.

A Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ranger will lead a one-mile hike along the grounds of Storer College, ​one of the nation’s first institutions of higher learning open to all Americans. The hike will also follow the Appalachian Trail past Jefferson Rock, Civil War ruins, and John Brown's Fort.  ​Participants will also learn about the Niagara Movement, considered to be the cornerstone of the modern civil rights era as well as John Brown’s Raid, which focused the nation's attention on the moral issue of slavery and headed the country toward civil war. 

The route includes numerous steep steps. The hike will end in the lower town historic district, 1/2 miles from the start point. A shuttle bus will be available to return participants to ATC immediately afterwards for those who do not wish to walk back uphill. 

Registration is strongly encouraged; send email with "AAHH Registration" in the subject line to [email protected] by September 28.

This hike is recommended for children ​twelve years old and older. Parental supervision is required. 

Arrive early to allow time for parking and to sign in. Paid street parking is available on Washington Street below ATC. Limited parking is available at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church. 

Hike participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and light snacks. Cafes and restaurants are located in the historic district where the hike ends. Hike will proceed in light rain; if thunder or lightning, talk will be given in the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church Sanctuary.

A flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

This event is offered in partnership with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Harpers Ferry - Bolivar Trail & Town Alliance.


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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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