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Appalachian Trail

AMC Berkshire's 'Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Management Committee' is responsible for the maintenance, management, and protection of the almost 90 miles of Appalachian Trail within Massachusetts, coordinating the extensive volunteer effort that keeps the trail open and beautiful. We work in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and the National Park Service (NPS).

For trail updates, see below.

April to September, we organize regular work parties for maintenance and improvement of the footbed, trail shelters, signs, and so on.

Projects vary in complexity, but all include activities for both first timers and seasoned maintainers, so please check out the season's schedule of trail work days (download from our AT Getting Involved page) and then contact a project leader to join in the fun. No experience is necessary to participate! We also have some open positions for regular trail maintainers. If you're interested, see AT Getting Involved. Our committee meets regularly at the Mt. Greylock Visitors' Center in Lanesboro, MA.

Here is some basic information about hiking on the AT in Mass and a list of Massachusetts AT shelters and campsites. For much much more information about the trail, see some of the many excellent web sites about the AT.

Page steward: at@amcberkshire.org

AT News & Announcements

Appalachian Trail Is Opening Up to Volunteers!

We are slowly beginning to start trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail. 

Attached is the PDF link (or Google Drive link if you prefer) to our work days if you wish to join. 

You must be willing to comply with Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) requirenments during Covid-19. Face coverings will be required. Additionally, you must bring your own work gloves adn sanitizer. You must register prior to your arrival.  

If  you have any questions or concerns about working during Covid-19 feel free to email us at at@amcberkshire.org. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer-led Activities to Resume after June 22nd

Although the COVID 19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. 

On June 22 we will begin offering volunteer-led activities in small groups employing social distancing measures. Group size will be capped at ten (10) participants including leaders. Activity leaders are receiving training on new trip safety protocols and procedures. 

Advance registration will now be required for all trips, and will use an online registration system. During registration, participants will electronically sign a liability waiver, and provide contact information that allows contact tracing should anyone report a positive test for COVID 19 within 14 days of the event.

The advance registration procedure will require registrants to review and acknowledge these expectations as a condition of participating in the activity:

  1. All participants must follow state and local stay-at-home guidance and cancel their participation if such guidance changes before the date of the event.
  2. All participants must bring and wear face coverings as required, and agree to follow the guidance in place in the state where the event takes place as well as follow the directions of the Leader.  
  3. All participants must maintain appropriate social distancing and follow the guidance of the Activity Leader. 
  4. All participants must bring their own water bottles, meals, eating utensils, and hand sanitizer with 60% or greater alcohol content. 
  5. Participants must contact AMC if they test positive for COVID- 19 within 14 days of the event, to enable contact tracing. 

We feel confident that these new procedures will allow small groups of participants to once again enjoy the unique pleasures of volunteer-led outdoor activities, with the attendant benefits to health and well being, while managing and minimizing the risks of exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Follow this link to explore upcoming chapter trips.

Chapter Activity Leaders can follow this link to access various resources related to leading chapter trips during Phase 2.

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- June 2020

In this Issue we discuss:

  • Covid-19 Update
  • Corridor Monitoring Coordinator Position
  • Remote Opportunities
  • History Through Stories
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • ATC Survey

You can check out the newsletter here!

Activity: 

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- April 2020

In this issue we discuss:

  • Covid-19 and the Appalachian Trail
  • Corridor Monitoring Coordinator opening
  • Guthook use policy
  • History through stories
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • ATC Survey

If you fill out the survey you can be entered to win one of several daypacks and will help us to gain information on our local volunteers!

You can check out the whole Newsletter here!

FACILITY AND PROGRAM CLOSURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

On March 16, 2020, the Appalachian Mountain Club announced facility and program closures.

Please visit this page for details.

Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email chair@amcberkshire.org.

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