Project Description: Volunteers will be working on tread maintenance, rock work, vegetation removal, and side hill construction on the Appalachian Trail and other trails in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Fall is an ideal time to visit the area. Volunteers will have sweeping views of the splendor of Virginia’s fall foliage throughout the week!
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 4 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Difficult
Minimum Age: 18
Area and Attractions: Located in southwest Virginia, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (NRA) manages approximately 200,000 acres of National Forest land near Mount Rogers. The area features four Congressionally designated wilderness areas; The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway, traversing over 50 miles offering views of the National Recreation Area and open rural countryside; the 5,000 acre Crest Zone, featuring elevations over 4,000 feet, large rock formations, and a mixture of mountain balds and spruce-fir forests; a herd of wild, free-ranging ponies; and the highest elevated road in the state of Virginia leading to the summit of Whitetop Mountain. There are over 500 miles of trails in the area. Volunteers can look forward to a guided 8-mile hike to the summit of Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia!
Accommodations Description: Crew members will stay at the Forest Service Volunteer Trail Camp, home base of the Appalachian Konnarock Trail Crew, located in Sugar Grove Virginia. The trail camp has a fully stocked kitchen, 12 sleeping pods, two bath houses with washers/dryers, and a large recreation room with wood burning stove and WiFi. Volunteers should bring their own bedding, towels, and personal gear.
Climate Information: Weather is cool in the morning and warm during the day. Night time temperatures average around 25-50 degrees and while day time temperatures are around 50-75 degrees. Rain can occur but normally October is dry month on the NRA.
Travel Information: Airport pickup will be provided from Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 8