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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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a life-changing trail with life-changing opportunities

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].


volunteer for a trail crew

Rocky Top Trail Crew Logo

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.

Troutville Trail Days

  • Dates: 01 – 02 Jun, 2018
  • Location: Troutville, VA
  • Address: Troutville Town Park 5374 Lee Highway Troutville VA
  • Contact: Kathryn Herndon-Powell
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 540-904-4316

Troutville Trail Days logoThe A.T. Community of Troutville, Virginia invites Trail enthusiasts near and far to their 7th annual Troutville Trail Days celebration!

This homespun yearly event offers a variety of activities any outdoor enthusiast will enjoy, and highlights the hospitality and vibrancy of a quaint Appalachian town.

Troutville Trail Days kicks off Friday evening with a free dinner for A.T. hikers and the community, provided by several local churches.

The main event occurs on Saturday in the Town Park, with food, music, local and national vendors and artisans, a children's area, free gear repair, and opportunities to join hikes, river tubing, and other trips. After live music all day, the festival wraps up with an evening concert. 

Be sure to stop by the tent shared by ATC and the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club! We'll have a special activity to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trail System Act, and a birthday-themed prize for participants. We'll also have an opportunity to sign up for a trail work trip on Sunday, June 3. Celebrate 50 years of National Trails by lending a hand to keep the Trail beautiful for another 50 years...and beyond!

For all the details, visit http://www.troutvilletraildays.org/.

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Volunteers at Trail Days Recognition

volunteer recognition

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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