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​konnarock trail crew

Konnarock is the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's flagship crew program, founded in 1983 and named after its original base camp in southwest Virginia. The crew works on the Appalachian Trail from Rockfish Gap, near Waynesboro, Virginia, to the Trail's southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia. The program is a joint venture of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the 12 southern Trail clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.

At Konnarock, volunteers of diverse ages, backgrounds, and experience levels work together to build durable trail that will last for generations. After five days of working as a team, learning new skills, and living in the backcountry both the crew and the trail is transformed. No experience is necessary, but you must be 18 years or older. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy provides training, equipment, and room and board. Crews are transported in U.S. Forest Service vehicles from the base camp in Sugar Grove to a primitive, backcountry tent camp near the project site.


Konnarock Trail Crew In the Field

base camp

The Konnarock Crew is hosted by the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area at its Sugar Grove Work Center. The main building houses dining and recreation facilities, an office, and the crew's tool room. Separate buildings provide a large, institutional kitchen and two shower houses, with bathroom and laundry facilities. Crew members sleep in simple cabins ("pods") near the shower houses, with beds and electricity.

Konnarock Trail Crew Hammer Drill

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Crew members arrive on the evening before their work week starts in time to get settled in, eat dinner, and attend an orientation session. Whether they will be working with Crew 1 or Crew 2, crew members meet their crew leaders and fellow volunteers, and are issued safety equipment and loaner camping gear as needed. An early morning on the first day of the crew week (7 a.m.) begins with a hearty breakfast followed by any last-minute preparations and departure to the project sites. Volunteers work a five-day week in the field, tent camping at a remote site with vehicle access, and return to base camp for a celebratory dinner the evening of the fifth day.

Volunteers working more than one session are welcome to stay at Konnarock base camp between sessions, with the exception of the mid-season breaks. Other accommodations may be available for multiweek volunteers during the mid-season breaks. Multiweek volunteers should plan to spend at least an hour or two of their days off pitching in to keep base camp running smoothly—and the rest of it relaxing and exploring the beautiful Mount Rogers area! 

Please note that there are now three days off between each crew week. Crew weeks are highlighted in yellow on the calendar below, with the first day of each week in red. Please contact us with any questions about the new schedule at 540.904.4393 or [email protected].

2018 Konnarock project schedule & calendar

Week Dates Project (2 crews per week) Description Notes:
1 May 2 - 6 Crew 1: Snakeden Ridge Rehab - Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) Work includes rehabbing narrow tread and installing improved drainage. Near Flag Pond, TN  
Crew 2: Rocky Bald Rehab - Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) Work includes rehabbing gullied and eroded trail by constructing rock check steps and filling with crush and fill. Near Tellico Gap, NC  
2 May 10-14
Crew 1: Sinking Creek Relocation - Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) Work continues on this .5 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Extensive rock steps and cribbing required. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!) This crew week is FULL with University of Central Missouri military veterans group
Crew 2: Rocky Bald Rehab - Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) Work includes rehabbing gullied and eroded trail by constructing rock check steps and filling with crush and fill. Near Tellico Gap, NC This crew week is FULL with University of Central Missouri military veterans group
3 May 18-22 Crew 1: Wilburn Ridge Rehab - MRATC & Hardcore Konnarock will be partnering up with Hardcore volunteers for a unique crew week installing rock waterbars, steps, and cribbing on a heavily used and gullied section. Near Grayson Highlands State Park, VA. Experienced trail crew volunteers only this week. Krock volunteers will be leading small groups of Hardcore volunteers on small projects.
Crew 2: Ridgepole Mountain Rehab - Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) Rehab work is centered around sections of Trail that suffered damage during severe wildfire - adding drainage, installing and repairing steps and cribs, and re-digging out-sloped tread. Near Franklin, NC  
4 May 26-30 Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation - Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC) Work continues on this multiple year relo within the James River Face Wilderness; sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA  
Crew 2: Ridgepole Mountain Rehab - Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) Rehab work is centered around sections of Trail that suffered damage during severe wildfire - adding drainage, installing and repairing steps and cribs, and re-digging out-sloped tread. Near Franklin, NC  
Mid-Season Break: May 31 - June 5
5 June 6 - 10 Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation - Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC) Work continues on this multiple year relo within the James River Face Wilderness; sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA
Crew 2: Gooch Gap Relocation - Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) Work continues on this relo, digging new tread on a sustainable grade. Near Suches, GA  
6 June 14 - 18 Crew 1: Highcock Knob Relocation - Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC) Work continues on this multiple year relo within the James River Face Wilderness; sidehill and extensive rockwork will be required. Near Glasgow, VA
 
Crew 2: Justus Mountain Relocation - Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) Work continues on this relo, digging new tread on a sustainable grade. Focus will be on installing and constructing rock steps and cribbing. Near Suches, GA **We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 6 & 7 for this GATC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, June 14-26. The crew stays down in GA near Dahlonega over the 3 "off" days.
7 June 22 - 26 Crew 1: Sinking Creek Relocation - Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) Work continues on this .5 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Extensive rock steps and cribbing required. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!)  
Crew 2: Justus Mountain Relocation - Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) Work continues on this relo, digging new tread on a sustainable grade. Focus will be on installing and constructing rock steps and cribbing. Near Suches, GA *We are seeking volunteers who can sign up for Weeks 6 & 7 for this GATC project. Volunteers would register for both weeks, June 14-26. The crew stays down in GA near Dahlonega over the 3 "off" days.
8 June 30 - July 4 Crew 1: Sinking Creek Relocation - Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) Work continues on this .5 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Extensive rock steps and cribbing required. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!)
Crew 2: Brown Fork Gap Relocation - Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC) This relocation will move the current alignment of the A.T. from a steep, eroding, fall line section to a more sustainable, sidehill location. Near Fontana Dam, NC  
Mid-Season Break: July 5 - 10
9 July 11 - 15 Crew 1: Sinking Creek Relocation - Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) Work continues on this .5 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Extensive rock steps and cribbing required. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!)  
Crew 2: Brown Fork Gap Relocation - Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC) This relocation will move the current alignment of the A.T. from a steep, eroding, fall line section to a more sustainable, sidehill location. Near Fontana Dam, NC
10 July 19 - 23 Crew 1: Sinking Creek Relocation - Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) Work continues on this .5 mile reroute, eliminating steep, eroded, fall-line trail onto a more sustainable grade. Extensive rock steps and cribbing required. Near Blacksburg, VA (And the Keffer Oak!)  
Crew 2: Brown Fork Gap Relocation - Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC) WThis relocation will move the current alignment of the A.T. from a steep, eroding, fall line section to a more sustainable, sidehill location. Near Fontana Dam, NC
11 July 27 - 31 Crew 1: Jerry Cabin to Big Butt Relo & Rehab - Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) This project is focused on re-digging out-sloped or too narrow tread, installing and constructing rock steps, and laying down crush through a wet area. Near Greeneville, TN  
Crew 2: Thomas Knob to Rhododendron Gap Rehab - Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (MRATC) Work will involve constructing rock steps, waterbars, cribbing, and shutting down user-created/social trails. Near Grayson Highlands State Park.  
12 August 4 - 8 Crew 1: Jerry Cabin to Big Butt Relo & Rehab - Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) This project is focused on re-digging out-sloped or too narrow tread, installing and constructing rock steps, and laying down crush through a wet area. Near Greeneville, TN  
Crew 2: Thomas Knob to Rhododendron Gap Rehab - Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (MRATC) Work will involve constructing rock steps, waterbars, cribbing, and shutting down user-created/social trails. Near Grayson Highlands State Park.  
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contact us

Give us a call at (540) 904-4393 or e-mail [email protected] with any questions.