Update on the Appalachian Trail and the Southeastern Fires

From the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Over the last few weeks, fires have raged across the southern Appalachian Mountains and the Appalachian Trail from Georgia up to central Virginia, and many major fires are still burning. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the many people dealing with the loss of life, homes, businesses and other property. We also want to thank the...

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LATCH: Live and Relive the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has announced the Kickstarter campaign for the Latch app. For the past year and a half, the ATC have been working with design studio P’unk Ave to come up with a way to let people share their memories from the Appalachian Trail and connect with what’s happening on the Trail. Born from a shared passion for the Trail and based...

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Record numbers hike the AT

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy visitor center in 2015 recorded a record-breaking number of hikers passing through its visitor center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Since the release of the movie “A Walk in the Woods” on Sept. 2, the number of visitors at the center has increased more than 50 percent. While the center is considered the psychological midpoint of the...

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History, beauty, and hiking in Harpers Ferry

Built at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Harpers Ferry, WV has become America’s chronicler of centuries of confluences: of a coastal collection of states and a people striking out across a continent, of freedom and shackles, of North and South. The town, of course, was seared into our nation’s consciousness by the failed slave insurrection here in...

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Appalachian Trail Volunteers Report Record Number of Hours During Federal Fiscal Year

For fiscal year 2015, a record-breaking 6,827 volunteers reported approximately 272,477 hours to maintaining and protecting the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) for hikers to use. Since the ATC began collecting reports in 1983, individuals have contributed more than 5 million hours to the A.T., resulting in a volunteer network that is recognized worldwide. The record number of...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy unveils new help resource for Pennsylvania

In June 2008, the PA Appalachian Trail Act was amended by Act 24, requiring the 58 PA municipalities along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) to take action to preserve the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic values of the Trail and to conserve and maintain it as a public natural resource. The legislation was prompted by a Commonwealth Court case related...

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Asheville hiker Davis elected to Appalachian Trail board

Record-setting speed hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis, of Asheville, has been elected to the board of directors of The Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The board is responsible for communicating the mission of the ATC, and enhancing the public standing of the ATC by ensuring legal and ethical integrity and practicing fiscal responsibility. Davis is an avid hiker and Appalachian...

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Announces New Strategic Plan To Ensure A Bright Future

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has announced a five-year strategic plan that will advance the health and long-term management of the Appalachian Trail. The plan, which was the culmination of a two-year collaborative process between the ATC and the ATC’s board of directors, is a vision and strategy that will build on the organization’s stewardship of the trail while...

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Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for Family Hiking Day Sept. 27

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with its Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invite families to take a hike on the A.T. during the fourth annual Family Hiking Day on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Held trail-wide on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is a program developed by the ATC to introduce and welcome...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy will Celebrate National Trails Day with African American History Hike

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), in partnership with the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the NAACP Jefferson County West Virginia Branch, will host the third annual African American History Hike in celebration of National Trails Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014. The one-mile guided hike takes participants back in time as they learn...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Launches ‘Third Thursdays’ in Pennsylvania Trail Communities

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites you to step out onto the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this spring, summer and fall during “Third Thursdays,” a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. Events begin in April and run through October with a different event each month. “With a focus on art, music, community and volunteer stewardship, Third...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy receives grant from L.L.Bean

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from L.L.Bean, a multi-channel merchant of outdoor gear and apparel, to support the ATC’s Grants to Clubs program. The Grants to Clubs program is administered by the ATC and helps support the 31 Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and their partners to complete necessary...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy reports record number of volunteer hours

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce that volunteers devoted a record number of hours last year to maintaining and protecting the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) for hikers to use. For the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013, close to 6,000 volunteers reported approximately 245,500 hours, donating time equivalent to what is completed by 118...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy is Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2014 Trail Projects in North Carolina and Tennessee

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has announced that applications for the 2014 Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grant Program are currently being accepted until Friday, January 10, 2014. The ATC will be awarding a total of $35,000 for a broad range of A.T. related projects in North Carolina. These funds are generated from the sales and renewals of North...

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Grants available to help Appalachian Trail

Have an idea for a project that will benefit the Appalachian Trail but have limited funds to make it happen? Apply for an Appalachian Trail Special License Tag Grant through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The deadline is Jan. 10, 2014. The Appalachian Trail Special License Tag Grant program is funded by the sale and renewal of North Carolina Appalachian Trail license...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Celebrates 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day

On Saturday, September 28 at 4 East First Street, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), invites families to venture out on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) for the 3rd Annual Family Hiking Day. Held on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is an initiative developed by the ATC to introduce families to the A.T. and the benefits that...

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Friends of Smokies, Appalachian Trail Conservancy fund repair of cables at shelters

The Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are working to help backpackers keep their food out of the reach of bears. Using conservancy funds, Great Smoky Mountains National Park staffers and interns have repaired cables used to hoist food out of bears’ reach at the trail shelters at Mollies Ridge and Cosby Knob. The repairs should help...

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Appalachian Trail conference serves up full buffet of hiking fare

Coming to Cullowhee, NC soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in the region’s trails is the top draw that will land hundreds of hikers at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial conference held July 19-26 at Western Carolina University. But the real trail geeks will revel in nitty-gritty nuances of...

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Appalachian Trail Biennial features music, culture, trails

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Biennial Conference invites the public to attend live music, dancing, presentations about hiking trails, and a Cherokee storyteller July 21-25 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Events each evening begin at 8 p.m. Nightly tickets are $7, and children younger than 12 are admitted free. Some of the highlights: • On July 21,...

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Six Appalachian Trail Crews tackle large-scale projects

Crews will work on projects such as Trail relocations and rehabilitation and bridge and shelter construction. The all-volunteer crews are active from May thru October each year on projects located from Maine to Georgia. Trail Crew projects – which may last for a week or more – are planned and completed in cooperation with A.T. maintaining clubs and agency partners such...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy: Boots on the Ground

While attracting young members has been a challenge for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a student program is a big hit. Attracting young people to its volunteer corps has posed a challenge for ATC. “If you try to recruit young families or young adults directly to do trail work, that doesn’t resonate very well,” says John Hedrick, volunteer president, Potomac...

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Appalachian Trail Enthusiasts Meet at Western Carolina University for 39th Biennial Conference

Registration is now open for the 2013 Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Biennial conference, scheduled for July 19-26, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. The event is hosted by the five southern Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining clubs and convenes Trail managers, hikers, and fans to celebrate and conserve the iconic National Scenic Trail....

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Suspected Max Patch vandals caught

A public outcry of disgust helped the Forest Service wrangle at least some of the suspected off-road vandals destroying a beloved hiking spot along the Appalachian Trail. Tina Tilley, Appalachian District Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, said that several individuals were issued citations for resource damage at Max Patch, a scenic mountain bald along the Appalachian...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Trail To Every Classroom

The Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC) program is a professional development program for K-12 teachers that provides educators with the tools and training for place-based education and service-learning on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Launched in 2006, in partnership with the National Park Service, the program offers educators resources needed to engage their students in...

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Annual family hiking day set for Sept. 29th

On September 29, 2012 the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with it’s Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invites families to take a hike on the A.T. during the 2nd Annual Family Hiking Day. Held on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is a program developed by the ATC to introduce families to the A.T. and all of...

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Appalachian Trail Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,184 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies...

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Appalachian Trail celebrates 75th anniversary in August

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length from Georgia to Maine. The anniversary will occur on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The original trail took more than 15 years to build and was completed on Aug. 14, 1937. Construction involved the cooperation of...

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National forest balds in jeopardy due to funding cuts

Many hikers are amazed by the balds that dot the Southern Appalachian landscape along the Appalachian Trail. Walking out of a tunnel of rhododendrons onto an open meadow where the views go on forever can be an exhilarating experience. But what if Big Bald was no longer bald and the beloved Max Patch became a maze of bushes, brambles, and vines? This year, the $35,000 to...

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center Hosts Hiking Season Kickoff

On Saturday, May 5th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will host an event to celebrate the arrival of the spring hiking season at the ATC’s Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, WV. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. The beginning of May marks the arrival of northbound thru-hikers in HarpersFerry, the psychological half-way point of...

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Announcing Dahlonega’s Trail Fest 2012

The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. In 2012, the equinox occurs on March 20, right in the middle of the N0rthB0und Thru Hiker kickoff season at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The second annual Spring on Springer Dahlonega Trail Fest will celebrate Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community by the Appalachian...

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