Rocky Top Trail Crew

Published

04/11/2018

Start Date

08/29/2018

End Date

10/23/2018

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

Gatlinburg
Tennessee
United States

Description

Experience the Smoky Mountains from a different perspective this fall working and camping on the Appalachian Trail.

The 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park cross the Trail's highest point and traverse the most diverse ecosystem and largest roadless area along the Trail. Half of the Appalachian Trail in the Park is open to horse use, and the crew's current work involves reconstructing those sections where horses and hikers share the Trail. Because this portion of the Trail also receives so much rainfall annually, there is a lot of work to be done to repair the Trail where significant erosion has compromised the tread way.


The crew backpacks about 6 miles up a steep side trail to reach the work area and field camp for the eight-day sessions. Crew members carry most everything they need, but do receive some support from equestrian partners to help in carrying tools and some food up the mountain. However, crew volunteers should expect to carry between 40-55 lbs on their backs and may also need to hand-carry some tools.

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • International Volunteers

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