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.

Lead image courtesy of Mike Williams



A Year Like No Other

With COVID-19 continuing to grip the country, the ATC still recommends that aspiring A.T. thru-hikers postpone or cancel their journeys. For those who have decided to attempt a thru-hike (or, truthfully, a hike of any length), planning and preparation take on significant new meaning and can help protect the health and safety of not only yourself, but also other hikers, A.T. volunteers and Trailside communities.


Additional Hiker Resources

  • Visit our Hiker Resource Library, an all-in-one stop for the latest Trail updates, webinars with A.T. hiking experts, essential health and safety recommendations, and more.



The Path Forward

2021 marks the beginning of the ATC’s four-year strategic plan, which will guide us on our mission to protect, manage and advocate for the A.T. This plan will advance important aspects of our work, including conserving the natural beauty and climate resiliency of the Trail landscape, bolstering our infrastructure and funding, and engaging new people and partners.


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Happy Trails!

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