HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced Tuesday that a record-breaking 6,827 volunteers reported approximately 272,477 hours to maintaining and protecting the Appalachian Trail for hikers to use during the 2015 fiscal year.
Since the ATC began collecting reports in 1983, individuals have contributed more than 5 million hours to the trail resulting in a volunteer network that is recognized worldwide, according to a written statement.
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