Volunteer for The Rocky Top Trail Crew

Published Oct 30, 2015

Don't mess with Texas, or the Rocky Top Trail Crew ~ Photo from Rocky Top Trail Crew Blog

Don't mess with Texas or the Rocky Top Trail Crew ~ Photo from Rocky Top Trail Crew Blog

What a fabulous name for Appalachian Trail volunteers: The Rocky Top Trail Crew. (No, it doesn't rank as high as the best-ever Trail name -- Dances With Mice -- but it's close.)

The Rocky Top crew works exclusively on 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) 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 the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

According to the ATC, that portion of the Appalachian Trail crosses the highest point and goes through the most diverse ecosystem anywhere on the AT.

Roughly half of the Appalachian Trail in the GSMNP is shared with horseback riders and hikers. The area receives considerable rainfall each year. That equals an enormous amount of work expected of the Rocky Top Trail Crew to maintain or repair our beloved path.

Only the best can join the Rocky Top crew. But if you know of a Trail ninja looking for a challenge, have them apply for 2016.

If they can carry a 40-55 pound pack and some tools six miles up a steep side trail to reach the work area and camp in the field for the eight-day sessions.

The Rocky Top Trail Crew Blog

The ATC's Rocky Top Trail Crew Page

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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