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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.

Contagious Love

Sonu moved from India to start a business in Pearisburg, Virginia. What she found in the mountains was an unstoppable crew and an unquenchable love for the Appalachian Trail.

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Trail ​Brothers | Derick quit his New York City life to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2012. Now he wants to share the Trail with his brother, a first-time backpacker..

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Trail Angels | A group of Chicago friends and young conservationists venture​d into the Great Smoky Mountains to experience the Trail in ​one of the best ways possible: they rebuilt it.

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A Trail for Danny | After a tragic loss, Kathi and Steve Cramer visited the Appalachian Trail to experience the comfort it provided for their son, Danny, who thru-hiked the A.T. in 2011.

Behind The Scenes

Standing Tall | How can you stop the destruction of an iconic Appalachian mountain, ​along with the history, culture, and memories it created? Ask Jay Leutze, who found the answer with the help of a 14-year-old named Ashley.

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