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.
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.
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.
Mid-Atlantic Crew 2021 – Update
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the uncertainty around broad vaccine distribution, and ATC’s goals of keeping our staff & volunteers safe, the 2021 season of Mid-Atlantic Crew has been delayed. We’ll be tackling trail projects with a four-person paid crew, with the hope of opening up some of those project weeks to our amazing volunteers once case numbers go down and vaccinations are more widely available.
Stay tuned to this page for new trail crew opportunities as they are planned and scheduled.