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The Long Trail/Appalachian Trail

August 9 - August 15

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Located on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail in Southern, VT, Stratton Pond is the most popular overnight backcountry site on the Long Trail. Stratton Pond is a destination for day hikers and the weekend backpacker and the pond has a long and storied history in Vermont trail development. It’s deep in the woods, approximately 10 miles from a major road crossing, and hikers frequently stop for a swim and to eat lunch while enjoying the view and the call of the loons. The Long/Appalachian Trail at Stratton Pond and the Lye Brook Trail, which leads to the Stratton View Tenting Area, were historically built on the shoreline of the pond. As a result of the high use, beaver activity, and eroding shoreline, these trails were having an adverse impact on pond ecology and water quality. The trails were also in very poor condition. In 2019 the Green Mountain Club, in partnership with the Green Mountain National Forest and Appalachian Trail Conservancy, began a multi-year project at Stratton Pond. This includes re-locating the trails away from the shoreline to a more sustainable route, hardening the surfaces at Stratton View Tenting Area, constructing a composting privy at Stratton View and de-commissioning old trails. The Green Mountain Club is requesting volunteers with the American Hiking Society to provide assistance with these tasks. Projects may include but are not limited to brushing-in old trails, constructing step-stones, rebuilding puncheon, hauling lumber or preparing a site for privy construction. Volunteers will gain experience in trail re-locations and trail design while also having a positive impact on the ecology of the pond and the experience of the hikers.


Green Mountain Club


Primitive Tent Sites


Backpacking 2.5 miles to basecamp (Day hiking up to 1 mile each work day)

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

The Long Trail is the nations oldest long-distance hiking trail and highlights the greatest Vermont has to offer. Stratton Pond itself is the largest body of water on the Long Trail and a great place for swimming, relaxing, spotting moose and loons and enjoying the views. Stratton Mountain and the Historic Stratton Mountain Firetower is only 3 miles from the pond and has 360 degree views of the Green Mountains and the Taconic Range. Outside of Stratton Pond is the Somerset Reservoir, a highly attractive paddling destination. Manchester, VT is an active downtown community with many opportunities for shopping and visiting the Farmers Markets. There is excellent fly-fishing in the ponds and streams of the Manchester area. Coincidentally, Orvis Company is headquartered in Manchester, VT, providing fly-fishing lessons, equipment and other outdoor gear.

Accommodations Description

Front country accommodations are provided in Mt. Tabor, VT for the evening of arrival and the evening prior to departure. Front country accommodations on the first day and last day include showers, a full-kitchen and washer/dryer. Project campsites will be primitive backcountry campsites. A composting privy and reliable water source is present at the campsite and is nearby to the worksite. The Green Mountain Club will provide group cooking gear. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag/sleeping pad, cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils, and personal gear. Volunteers will need to carry their personal gear and a portion of the food/tools/cooking gear to base camp.


Albany International Airport is 1.5 hours from the project’s front-country camp. We request participants utilize the Vermont Shires Connector from Albany International Airport to Manchester, VT, where pick-up by the Green Mountain Club will be provided. Pickup and dropoff times will be sent to registrants when the trip is confirmed.


The Long Trail/Appalachian Trail
Mt. Tabor, VT 05739 United States