Share Your Story

Love Letters to the A.T.

Share your story about why you love the Trail.

Photo by Tom Bieber

Do you have a special memory of when or where you first fell in love with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)? For almost a century, the A.T. has inspired a lifelong passion for millions of hikers, volunteers, Trail crews, and many more visitors that wander onto the footpath and its surrounding landscape. Whether you found your love for the Trail by chasing a sunrise with rolling mountain views, reading a funny message left in A.T. shelter journals, or caring for the Trail one blowdown at a time, we want to hear your story.

In our “Love Letters to the A.T.” series, we want to know what you love most about the Trail. From now until January 31, 2022, we’re accepting photos and story submissions that highlight what made you fall in love with the A.T. and what keeps that love going strong today.

In addition to being featured in this series, those whose love letters are selected will receive a Hydro Flask 12 oz Insulated Cooler Cup.

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    Terms & Conditions:  

    • By submitting, you agree to our media submission terms and conditions, granting the ATC nonexclusive, royalty-free rights for unlimited reproduction in ATC materials for an unlimited period of time. Photo credit will be provided if your image is published.
    • To be considered for this series, a photo must be provided to go with your “Love Letter to the A.T.” submission. This can be a photo of you or a place on the A.T. that you love!
    • ATC reserves the ability to edit (grammar, spelling) and trim “Love Letters to the A.T.” submissions.
    • All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, January 31, 2022.
    • The selected responses and photos will be published on the ATC website and shared on other communication channels (Trailway News, social media, etc.) following the conclusion of the submission period.