Reference Materials

Books For Maintainers

Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance: The primary stewardship manual for volunteers who are involved in designing, constructing, or maintaining portions of the Appalachian Trail. Available through the Ultimate A.T. Store (call 888-287-8673 for A.T. maintainer discount).

Appalachian Trail Fieldbook
: Field supplement to Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance. Available through the Ultimate A.T. Store (call 888-287-8673 for A.T. maintainer discount).

USDA Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook

Trail Maintainers and Managers


Safety first
Keep safety in mind when working on the Trail. Basic safety equipment for all trail work includes a first-aid kit, boots, work gloves, long pants, and appropriate dress for the weather.

The job hazard analyses (JHAs) posted below provide information on potential hazards, safety gear, and safety recommendations for various types of trail work. They are intended as guidelines and may not be comprehensive. Trail Maintenance Tasks, Hazards, and Recommended Safety Gear and the JHAs appropriate to the work planned should be reviewed by all participants before every work trip on the Appalachian Trail.

Remember that individual Trail maintainers have the obligation to say "NO" and walk away from any situation they determine to be an unacceptable risk.

Trailwork Tasks, Hazards, and Safety Gear 
JHA Trailwork 
JHA Fueling Small Gas Engine
JHA Chainsaw Operation 
JHA Crosscut Saw Operation (modified Jan 2014) 
Interagency Hardhat Inspection Guide
USDA FS Tech Tip Hardhat Inspection and Maintenance 
Riding Mower Checklist  
String Trimmer Training 
USFS Health and Safety Code Handbook
NPS Trail Bridge Inspection Guidance 

Environmental Planning
Trail projects may require review to assure compliance with federal environmental laws and other regulations. The table below provides information on when to seek review for projects on Appalachian Trail lands. State and
 municipal regulations also may apply. Consult your ATC regional office for assistance. A project proposal and review form can be found on the Local Management Planning page.

Trail Maintenance and Construction Review and Compliance Guidelines (02-20-2013) 


Reference Manuals and Plans

Backcountry Sanitation Manual (2nd Edition) (posted August 2014)
Organized Group Management Manual - First Edition (posted January 2016)
Camping Impact Management on the A.T.
Food Storage Cables
Trailhead Kiosks, 2012 Update to Trailhead Bulletin Board 
Planning Guide - A.T. Community Kiosks 

Accessibiity
USFS Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails
USFS Accessibility Guidelines (FSORAG) - Pit Toilets
USFS Region 8 Accessible Moldering Privy Design 
USFS Region 8 Accessible Moldering Privy Materials List 
USFS Region 9 Accessible Moldering Privy Design
Increasing Opportunities for Access on the Appalachian Trail: A Design Guide