The Rocky Top 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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Session Three!

Another great session and A LOT of work completed!  Thanks to the great volunteers who came out and made it happen! Check out some of the adventures this session....

Getting ready to pack-in to the work site
Stretching is important before a hard day of trail work!

Usable rocks for the project were hard to come by, so sometime they had to travel a little ways to the worksite.

Artie knows his way around rock work!  After rifting their step, they had to roll it down the trail a ways.

Bob got really really good at filling in his steps with crush and fill.
Finished rock step  -- great work Amanda and Artie!

Enjoying a great evening the last night of the session...

Thanks to a great hardworking and fun crew of volunteers!!

Check out more photos from session three HERE.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Session Two

It was another great session on Rocky Top!

Since it was nasty and rainy the first day, they crew took a recreational day and visited the Park. They were led by Ranger Richard on a very informative hike and had an opportunity to see some really neat historical sites.

After that, they got down to work!  The session was spent putting in some log cribbing and steps, both of which required a lot of crush & fill.  Luckily, Judith, a volunteer who travelled all the way from Israel to work on the Appalachian Trail loved crushing rocks!

Evenings were cool and in the mid-40's, but the sunsets up in the mountains were truly amazing!

 Glenn, Rocky Top's camp coordinator, joined the crew for a day of work.  Thanks Glenn!

Check out more photos from this session HERE!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2012 Rocky Top Season is Underway!

Session one of the Rocky Top 2012 season just wrapped up!  The crew is continuing the reconstruction of the A.T. near Snake Den Ridge in the Smokies, building turnpike and putting in rock steps on heavily used, muddy sections of trail.  Crew leaders Josh and Kathryn are enjoying their time in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, and would love to have you sign up for a session! 


Beautiful views in the Smoky Mountains!

Building turnpike

Having fun on trail crew!

New rock steps

Completed turnpike section

Check out more photos from this season so far!