2018 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The eighth class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted on Friday, May 4, 2018 during the annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, PA.

The 2018 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame class honorees are William Kemsley, Jr. of Taos, New Mexico; the late Elizabeth Levers of New York, New York; the late George Masa, of Asheville, North Carolina; and Robert Peoples, of Hampton, Tennessee.

There was no one publication that spoke to the needs of backpackers until Bill Kemsley started Backpacker Magazine in 1973. At Backpacker, he published numerous articles and editorials on the Appalachian Trail.

Elizabeth Levers was known as the “Mother of the A.T.” in New York state. She was known for her key activity in the early land acquisition planning for the A.T. in New York as well as setting the standard for AT management for that region.

George Masa was a photographer in Asheville, North Carolina early in the 20th century, and his nature scenes were instrumental in garnering support for the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1988, Bob Peoples decided to devote his life to hiking trails. He initially helped to maintain the Long Trail in Vermont, a portion of which is also the A.T.

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