The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. With 95+ years of managing the Appalachian Trail within a cooperative management system, the ATC announces the arrival of its "How to Hike the A.T." backpacking courses. These courses are designed to enhance understanding, enlightened participation, and a lifelong affinity for hiking on the A.T..
The ATC is currently accepting applications for novice hikers interested in an educational and informative experience to prepare them for a long-distance hike. The courses will help new hikers feel prepared to successfully hike the A.T. while gaining an appreciation for the outdoors, knowledge of the A.T., and exposure to long-distance hiking culture. Course graduates should leave these programs as competent, responsible hikers prepared to accomplish their version of a successful A.T. hike.
This year we will offer two courses*:
• June 8-10, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
• July 27-29, Pisgah National Forest
• August 17-19, Nantahala National Forest
• September 14-16, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
• October 5-7, Pisgah National Forest
*Note that the courses will be spending the two nights backpacking, rain or shine. Courses are limited to six participants, and spots will be tentatively reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Pending review, applicants will be chosen by ATC staff. Cost of courses are $375 per person, which includes food and course materials.