There are 51 communities along the Appalachian Trail’s corridor that have been recognized in the A.T. Community™ program. These towns and cities are assets for everyone who uses the A.T., providing food, supplies, recreation, history, volunteer opportunities and so much more. Find special events and promotions, plan your own A.T. adventures — whether for an afternoon or for multiple days — and explore everything these communities have to offer.
There are many benefits to joining the network, including access to educational resources, national and regional recognition of tourism programs, and opportunities for grant funding. In 2021, ATC distributed funds to community projects in Virginia and West Virginia through our Community Impact Grants.
A.T. Community™ Spotlight
Gorham, New Hampshire
This town on the northern edge of the White Mountains became an official A.T. Community during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, it has made great progress in advancing community conservation. Gorham was one of only ten communities nationwide to be awarded a first-round Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) Technical Assistance Grant in 2021.
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Becoming an A.T. Community™
The Appalachian Trail Community™ program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by all that use the A.T., and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the A.T.
For Businesses: Become an A.T. Community™ Supporter
If your business or organization is located in an A.T. Community and you give back to the hiking community, your local A.T. Club, the ATC or your A.T. Community™, you can become an A.T. Community™ Supporter and receive a decal for your storefront, links on our website, and recognition for your efforts on social media and at various events.
For more information and to inquire about joining the A.T. Community™ program, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.