April 30, 2021

Trailway News: It’s Gonna Be May

Happy last day of April! The days are getting longer, and there is positive news about the COVID-19 pandemic and outdoor recreation. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated mask guidance for outdoor activities: folks (vaccinated or not) no longer need to wear masks when they “walk, run, or bike outdoors with members of your household,” and small groups of both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people can meet outdoors safely.

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April 23, 2021

Trailway News: Every Day is Earth Day

Earth Day has come and gone, but doing our part to conserve our planet is something that should be on our minds every day! For the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, that means not only caring for the iconic 2,193.1-mile footpath from Maine to Georgia, but also the surrounding landscapes that provide jaw-dropping views, vital wildlife habitats, and, importantly, will help play an important role in adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

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April 16, 2021

Trailway News: Celebrate Earth Day

We are less than a week away from Earth Day, when we are all reminded that the natural environment, from which we derive so many benefits, deserves protection. For the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, that means managing, protecting, and advocating for the Appalachian Trail and its surrounding landscape — not just for those of us who seek it out today but also for the generations who follow in our footsteps.

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April 9, 2021

Trailway News: Think of the Bears

Happy National Wildlife Week! As many of us celebrate the warmer weather by heading to the great outdoors, remember that we are sharing places like the Appalachian Trail with the plants and animals that call them home. Always follow Leave No Trace Principles to ensure they stay healthy — and, in the case of black bears on the A.T., that hikers and bears alike stay safe.

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April 2, 2021

Trailway News: April Showers

Spring has finally arrived! Along with it comes the spring rains, of course, and some recent rainstorms provide a good reminder to be prepared for rapidly changing Appalachian Trail conditions.

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March 26, 2021

Trailway News: The A.T. is a solution

In continuation of our ongoing series on climate change, we hosted a virtual conversation with climate experts Harvey Locke and Charles C. Chester about one of the most pressing issues facing the Appalachian Trail and the rest of the world: climate change.

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March 19, 2021

Trailway News: Spring is Almost Here

Spring is almost here! With warmer temperatures arriving and wildflowers soon beginning to bloom, more visitors will be coming to the Appalachian Trail.

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March 12, 2021

Trailway News: The (Clock) Times Are a-Changin’

Is that spring weather we feel? With warmer temperatures becoming more common and daylight saving time beginning this weekend (so long, an hour of sleep), the Appalachian Trail will be a destination for many of you in the near future.

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March 5, 2021

Trailway News: March-ing On

Happy March! It seems like each week we receive news giving a bit more hope that life could soon to return to “normal” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we also remind hikers not to drop their guard, particularly as traffic increases on the Appalachian Trail.

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February 26, 2021

Trailway News: Winter Prep is the Right Step

We at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (and thousands of hikers) are looking forward to the beauty and adventure of a springtime walk on the Appalachian Trail. However, with three more weeks of winter ahead of us, make sure to take extra precautions and be prepared for any upcoming hikes. Multiple incidents on the A.T. last weekend required the assistance of search and rescue (SAR) teams. We sincerely thank all of the SAR teams and hope for the quick recovery of the injured hikers.

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February 19, 2021

Trailway News: How Many Weeks Until Spring?

With a massive winter storm, an emergency closure of a section of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia (more on that below), and the ongoing pandemic, 2021 has made at least one thing very clear: it’s important to be prepared for anything. As you plan your upcoming hikes on the A.T., be sure to check our Trail Updates page and our COVID-19 info page for the latest updates on Trail conditions, closures, health and safety guidance, and other essential information for a prepared and enjoyable hike.

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February 12, 2021

Trailway News: Looking Forward By Looking Back

In the Winter 2021 issue of A.T. Journeys, our membership magazine, we focus on the theme of acknowledgements — the importance of examining our entire history, including the time preceding the Appalachian Trail. Over the next several weeks, we will share select articles from this issue due to their important discussions on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, both in relation to our work and the greater Appalachian Trail community. We hope you will join us on this journey.

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February 6, 2021

Winter Trails (Still) Ahead

Earlier this week, everyone’s favorite groundhog Punxsutawney Phil declared that six more weeks of winter are ahead of us. Ignoring the accuracy of Phil’s predictions throughout the years, it’s a good reminder for Appalachian Trail hikers to plan and prepare for all conditions, especially during these unprecedented times.

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January 29, 2021

Trailway News: The Dynamic Forces of Nature

One of our key themes for 2021 is “looking forward by looking back.” This means looking back to the beginnings of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to examine not only the goals we have accomplished so far, but the directions we must take to truly succeed in our mission to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). We look forward to sharing this journey with you!

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January 22, 2021

Trailway News: Strong Steps Into 2021

It’s a new year, and while wintry days are still ahead of us, things are already picking up on the Appalachian Trail. With lots of news to share this year, we’ve updated our newsletter format to highlight many stories at once and minimize the number of emails you receive!

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