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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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Since the idea of the Trail was created, a community of selfless and otherwise ordinary individuals built it. They’re striving to keep it alive today, and they’re looking for you to join them as the next generation of Trail stewards.

There’s work for people outdoors and inside, for people who love manual labor and those who are excellent organizers. Whether you’ve had years of experience or you’re brand new to volunteering, we look forward to helping you have the experience of a lifetime on the Trail of a lifetime.


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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Kristin Murphy

September 2018

Volunteer Training and Resources

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Training & Learning Center: Find online trainings, recorded webinars, handbooks, and upcoming field trainings.


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ZIP JACKET UP QUILTED BLACK UP JACKET ZIP QUILTED Volunteer Leadership: From the first-step in planning to the last step in reporting accomplishments. Find the resources for your next work trip.


Work Trip Planning Resources

Trail Policies: Trail management policies are ATC’s position on issues effecting the Trail, and they aim to facilitate consistent management of the Trail through 8 national forests, 6 national parks, 14 states and numerous state and local jurisdictions.


Research Policies

Local Management: The A.T. is managed locally by A.T. clubs and land management partners. Local management plans say how the Trail is cared for in different places.


Local Management Plans

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Rocky Top Trail Crew

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Konnarock Trail Crew

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S.W.E.A.T. Trail Crew

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Maine Trail Crew

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Vermont Long Trail Patrol

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Mid-Atlantic Trail Crew

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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.