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Adventures from the People’s Trail

White Blaze On the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most inspiring endeavors in American history. But what truly makes the A.T. special is the community of hikers and supporters that keep the spirit of the Trail alive through their adventures, their generosity, and their stories. Over the next six months, we will showcase inspiring tales ​from some of these unique individuals ​about how the A.T. has changed their lives forever.


How a group of inner-city students learned to work as a team to hike all of the New Jersey A.T.


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Once a struggling mountain community, the town of Damascus, Virginia has become an inseparable part of the Appalachian Trail’s identity.


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Meet Dave Field, the Appalachian Trail legend who has been maintaining the Trail in Maine for over 50 years — and he wants to inspire a new generation of A.T. lovers to do the same.


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Past and present Appalachian Trail guardians explore the importance of the Trail’s surrounding landscape and discuss how we can protect the A.T. experience for future generations.


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In 2013, Vietnam War veteran Don "All the Way" Lenc began a thru-hike of the A.T. In the face of the physical and emotional challenges — and even a broken arm — Don was able to find something beautiful: a sense of peace.


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