Trail Crews

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No better day than today to start a life giving back to trails or continue volunteering with a change of scenery. Trail work is some of the most rewarding work I have personally done. Get a work out, serve your community and country, and make some like-minded friends. What are you waiting for?

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) – Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee Wilderness
SAWS specializes in none motorized trail maintenance in Wilderness Areas in the Southeast. They do regular work days around western North Carolina and Tennessee. Great group of friendly teachers and passionate sawyers.

Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trailcrew (SWEAT) – Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee
The SWEAT Crew focuses on the difficult trail problems that occur in the backcountry with the tools they carry in and the materials that they find. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) SWEAT Crew is a mobile crew, carrying all food, tools and camping gear into the heart of the largest and most beautiful managed wilderness area in the east, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Members of this crew are, indeed, elite. Week long volunteering in the most visited National Park in the country.

Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail – North Carolina
Volunteer and help complete a  900 mile trail across North Carolina. The link sends you the trail leaders all across the state. Be a part of an amazing, diverse trail across the best state in the union.

Carolina Mountain Club – Western North Carolina
A wonderful organization dedicated to caring for hundreds of mile of North Carolina Trails. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the Carolina Mountain club is a great place to do great work with friends. The CMC maintains several trail maintenance crews who work on the Appalachian Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, and other trails in the region, altogether over 400 miles.

Dirty Rogues Ales For Trails (DRAFT) CREW – Western North Carolina
The DRAFT Crew is a group of volunteers dedicated to the stewardship of public lands, while having an inspiring and memorable experience. Lots of fun day volunteering around Linville and Western North Carolina. If you like to sip on local beer after trail work this crew is for you.

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation (SBFC )– Montana and Idaho
Lead Partner on trail maintenance and stewardship work for over 3.9 million acres of federally Designated Wilderness. Covering more ground than most of New England, the SBFC is one of the finest Non-profit trail crews in this country

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) – Colorado
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative was formed in 1994 as a partnership of nonprofit organizations, concerned individuals, and public agencies to preserve and protect the natural integrity of Colorado’s Fourteeners after a 1993 study noted significant environmental impacts due to rapidly expanding recreational use. High altitude trail maintenance for Alpine Colorado fun.

Konnarock Trail Crew – Virginia
Konnarock is ATC’s flagship crew program, named after its original base camp in southwest Virginia. Originating in 1983, it covers the Appalachian Trail from Rockfish Gap in Virginia, near Waynesboro, to the Trail’s southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia. The program is a joint venture among ATC, the 12 southern Trail clubs, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.

Mid-Atlantic Crew – Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York
Sponsored by the Appalachian Trail clubs of the mid-Atlantic region, the National Park Service, and ATC. They run intensive trail program from August to late October.

Rocky Top Trail Crew – Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee
The Rocky Top Trail Crew works exclusively on 70 miles of the A.T. through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park following the ridge crest from Davenport Gap to Fontana Dam. The crew is sponsored jointly by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, the National Park Service, and ATC. Week long trail crews from September to October.

Maine Trail Crew – Maine
The Maine Trail Crew, based in central Maine, is sponsored by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, ATC, and the National Park Service. Projects are located along 280 miles of the A.T. in the scenic Maine woods, and most involve reconstruction and rock work. Projects are supervised by crew leaders under the direction of modern trail-work pioneer Lester Kenway. Trail Crews running all summer.

Vermont Long Trail Patrol – Vermont
The Long Trail Patrol is sponsored jointly by the Green Mountain Club, ATC, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. The crew works on heavy construction projects on hiking trails in Vermont, including the co-aligned Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. Most work between July and September.

Appalachian Mountain Club – New England
Large non-government Organization responsible for high quality stewardship and education in New England. Outings in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Pacific Crest Trail Association  – California, Oregon, Washington
Do some work on the trail that spans the west coast from Mexico to Canada. Projects up and down the coast and could use passionate boots on the ground like yourself.

Want to advertise your trailcrew on our website? Have question about volunteering and want to chat before you start chasing down leads? Let me know, I’d love to help.

Stephen Eren
Chief of Friendship