McCormick Gap—Beagle Gap

Join the Fellowship of the McLeod and “co-own” a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in the South District of Shenandoah National Park!

The A.T. north of McCormick Gap

About This Section

PATC seeks an individual to co-maintain this section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

As members of the Fellowship of the McLeod, you will manage and maintain the length of the Appalachian Trail all along Bear Den Mountain from McCormick Gap to Beagle Gap. This stretch includes significant open areas ascending from Beagle Gap as well as a fairly steep, erosion-prone section on the descent to McCormick Gap.

Section 431026
Description McCormick Gap to Beagle Gap (South – North)
Length 1.8 miles
Closest Point of Approach Easily accessed from Skyline Drive parking areas at both McCormick Gap and Beagle Gap
Average Grade 15%
Commitment Proper maintenance requires an average of 4 trips per year averaging 5 hours per trip.
Primary Responsibilities


  1. You must be a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club to qualify for appointment to the role of Trail Overseer in Shenandoah National Park.
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  2. Tools, including gasoline-powered brush cutters, are available at two PATC tools caches (Simmons Gap & Rockfish Gap) that are easily accessed from Skyline Drive. Additionally, the overseers can use a DR Field & Brush Mower owned by PATC that is located nearby Shenandoah National Park.
  3. Unless or until you complete the training required by PATC, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and National Park Service, you cannot operate a gasoline-powered chainsaw to remove blown-down trees in the Park.


Contact the A.T. District Manager today! We’re looking forward to meeting you as a new member of the Fellowship of the McLeod!