Appalachian Trail Maintenance

What :
- ETSU students are helping to build new sections of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, on an ongoing basis. 

- Members of the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club ( TEHCC) are coordinating the work.

- The new trail sections replace poorly-graded or eroded older sections, as part a long term plan to improve the AT in our area.

    Click here to see pictures from our October 11th trip.

When and Where:
- Saturday, November 15, 2008. 

- 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

- We'll meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot for Parkway Discount Liquors, on the southeast corner of the intersection of University Parkway and South Roan Street, in Johnson City.  (NOT the One Stop, but rather the place across the street. Enter the lot by Arby's and drive back around behind Discount Liquors.) 

- We'll carpool to the trailhead near the work site, which is near Cherry Gap, trail-south of Iron Mountain Gap, outside the town of Unicoi, about 20 miles from campus.

- We'll return to the lot by 3:00 pm. 

What to Bring:

- Good hiking shoes or boots.  Be ready to hike up to a half-mile of mountain trail to the site. 
- Water -- at least a liter or so-- and a packed lunch. 
- Layered clothing.  It can be chilly in the mountains! 
- A car, if you'd like to drive to the worksite.  If you cannot or prefer not to drive, that's perfectly fine!  We'll have plenty of people, including club members, with room for passengers.

In Case of Severe Weather :
If a trip is to be cancelled because of weather, that decision will be made by 7pm on the Friday before the trip.  Check the environmental studies website for an announcement:


Kevin O'Donnell, professor of English and director of the Environmental Studies minor: or call at 423 439-6679.

About the AT and TEHCC:
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT, for short) is a continuous footpath that runs for more than 2,200 miles, from Georgia to Maine. The trail is maintained entirely by volunteers. The Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club coordinates the maintenance of 132 miles of the trail -- including some of the roughest segments on the entire trail! -- in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.