Sunday, August 2, 2009

Rocky Top Trail Crew

Experience the Smoky Mountains from a different perspective this fall by working and camping on the Appalachian Trail. Between September 1 and November 1 of this year, volunteers can join the Rocky Top Trail Crew and work in the heart of the largest and most beautiful wilderness area in the east.

The Rocky Top Trail Crew is a professionally lead volunteer trail crew on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The program, developed and administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), was designed to incorporate significant contributions from both the hiking and the equestrian communities. Each week, a team of horses’ packs up tents, food and tools for volunteers who will live and work together on the trail for 7 days. The crew's work will involve reconstruction of those sections where horses and hikers share the trail. The ATC will provide volunteers with the equipment, food, tools and training to engender a safe, fun and fulfilling Smokies experience like no other.

If you’re looking to give back to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its 75th birthday, there’s no better way than to roll up your sleeves and get dirty while helping to manage and protect America’s first national scenic trail for future generations.

For more information and to find an application, please click here.

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