WNC Trail Crew Organization List

I am hoping to make it easier for everyone to find ways of giving back to the trail community. One way I thought this would be possible is to have a list of all of the organizations that do trailwork in the area. If you know of more organizations or have corrections leave a comment below or message me however you found this link! This list has no particular order but certain organizations will be featured more in depth because of my deeper understanding of how they work. Feel free to help me elaborate so they can be equally represented.

Feel free to donate or join one or all of these organization as labor is only a small part of keeping our trails clear, safe, and enjoyable.

Carolina Mountain Club
Common Crew Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Quarterly and Saturday Overnight Crews
No membership required. All skills welcome.
CMC based out of Asheville with crews working in Burnsville, Waynesville, Brevard, on the Appalachian Trail, and Mountains to Sea (from basically the Smokies to a little past Mount Mitchell).
No experience necessary! CMC has trail work days generally Monday-Friday every week, sometimes Saturday with quarterly crews and overnight crews. Trail work locations vary because they maintain 400 miles of trail. Crew leaders with the CMC are extremely knowledgable! If you are interested in joining a maintenance event email the trail crew leader listed for the day that you are looking to join. Give them a couple of days notice so they can respond. It is important to email so you know the time and location for the meeting point, and so you can find out if there are any changes.

Conserving Carolina
Common Crew Days: Multiple days on weekdays varying depending on weeks.
Based in Hendersonville, trail crews and invasive species removal crews work in the Gerton/Hickory Nut Gorge area and Tryon, NC.
Check the online calendar for most up to date information on trail work days.
Email volunteer@conservingcarolina.org to express interest in helping out.

Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club
Common Crew Days: Every Thursday, Every Second Saturday March-November
TEHCC based in Eastern Tennessee primarily maintains the Appalachian trail from Spivey Gap north to VA.
No experience necessary! Email atvolunteer@tehcc.org for Thursday information and saturdaymaint@tehcc.org for Saturday information.

Friends of Dupont State Forest
Common Crew Days: Every second Saturday and Monday of the month.
Based in Cedar Mountain, NC south of Brevard. Friends of Dupont State Forest works in Dupont exclusively. No experience necessary. Sign up for email updates in the link.

G5 Collective
Common Crew Days: Alternating between Friday and Saturday, generally biweekly. Check Calendar
Based in Old Fort, NC. The G5 Collective has helped revitalize the trails in the area and is helping to establish new trails in the area!

Pisgah Area Southern Off Road Biking Association
Common Crew Days: Irregular but often
Based out of Asheville and Brevard. Work takes place in Pisgah Ranger District, Bent Creek, and Richmond Hill Park.
PASORBA has work days on an irregular schedule. As far as I know this is the best link. They are really knowledgable about trail maintenance. All trail users are welcome, but it is a biking association, so expect to hear about biking. As a hiker and trail runner I didn’t feel out of place one bit. They work on a four hundred miles of trail that are used for horseback riding, biking, and hiking.

Elkin Valley Trails Association
Common Crew Days: 1st Thursday, 3rd Saturday of Each Month
Based out of Elkin, NC. EVTA maintains three major trail systems in the Yadkin Valley,  The Mountains to Sea TrailYadkin River “blue water trail”, and The Overmountain Victory Trail among other shorter trails.

Foothills Trail Conservancy
Common Crew Days: Once a month on a weekend day
Based solely on the Foothills Trail which is on the NC/SC border from Oconee State Park to Table Rock, SC
Foothills Trail Conservancy maintains the 77 Mile long Foothills Trail and side trails. If you are interested in helping maintain the Foothills Trail view the schedule in the link and email maintenance@foothillstrail.org.

Friends of Panthertown
Common Crew Days: Once a month on a Saturday
Based near Lake Toxaway and Cashier, NC Friends of Panthertown maintains trail in the Panthertown part of Nantahala National Forest. Sign up to volunteer on the website.

Northwest NC Mountain Bike Alliance
Common Crew Days: Infrequent Check Calendar
Northwest NC Mountain Bike Alliance works on the bike trails in Wilson Creek, Lake James State Park, Kerr Scott Lake Area, and other trails in local parks in Boone, Lenore, and Hickory, NC 

Waterfall Keepers of NC
Common Crew Days: Irregular
This organization’s aim is to pick up trash from the area waterfalls. The link has the dates that group cleanups will take place. They also have a waterfall adoption program.
The website is frequently updated.

Georgia – North Carolina Bartram Trail Society
Common Crew Days: Irregular Check Calendar
Based solely on the Bartram Trail which goes from the Chattooga River in Georgia to Cheoah Bald just outside of Nantahala Outdoor Center.
The Georgia – North Carolina Bartram Trail Society maintains the 120 Mile long Bartram Trail and side trails. Check the calendar for upcoming events and sign up here!

Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail
Common Crew Days: Unknown
Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail maintains trail the length of NC. Ask the section maintainer in the link when they plan on going out on the trail. Figure out what section is closest to you by looking at this page https://mountainstoseatrail.org/the-trail/segments/

Carolina Climbers Coalition
Common Crew Days: Infrequent
The CCC works on a variety of different types of projects ranging from land acquisition to policy to climber education. They have improved trails to rock climbing areas throughout the region.

North Carolina High Peaks Association and Friends of Mount Mitchell
Common Crew Days: Unknown
Based out of Burnsville, NC they maintain trails near Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest (Appalachian Ranger District), Mount Mitchell State Park, and the Mountains to Sea Trail.

Benton MacKaye Trail Association
Common Crew Days: Any information on this would be great!
Based solely on the Benton MacKaye Trail which goes from Spring Mountain in Georgia to Davenport Gap on the east end of the Great Smoky Mountains.
The Benton MacKaye Trail Assocation maintains the 300 Mile long Benton MacKaye Trail and side trails. If you are interested in helping maintain the Benton MacKaye Trail email TN-NCMaintDirector@bmtamail.org.

Backcountry Horsemen,  Pisgah Ranger District Chapter
Common Crew Days: Any information on this would be great!
Backcountry Horsemen of Pisgah maintain trails in the Turkey Pen and North Mills River areas of Pisgah Ranger district. They also assist in other areas of WNC as needed. Any information on this organization and trail work events would be welcome! Check their facebook page for upcoming events https://www.facebook.com/Back-Country-Horsemen-of-Pisgah-150831488295003/?ref=hl

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Common Crew Days: COVID Cancelled
SAWS works year round in the Wildernesses of the Southeastern US. Public contact and education is also a big part of what SAWS does and last year we talked with over 2200 visitors in the linville gorge wilderness and answered questions and educated about Leave no Trace.

Linville Gorge Crew
Common Crew Days: Any information on this would be great!