May 21, 2021

Trailway News: Rescuing the Planet

As we continue our work to maintain, protect, and advocate for the Appalachian Trail, one of our key priorities is keeping you informed on the issues affecting the footpath and its surrounding landscape. On June 10 at 7 p.m. EDT, we are proud to present our next live discussion: “Rescuing the Planet: The Appalachian Trail’s Role in Worldwide Conservation.” Featuring author Tony Hiss and conservationist John Griffin, we will explore how conserving lands like the A.T. will play an important role in the future of our planet.

Save the Date

Rescuing the Planet: The Appalachian Trail’s Role in Worldwide Conservation

June 10, 2021, from 7-8 p.m. EDT

How to join in:

Register at You can also submit two questions for the panelists upon registration. This event will be broadcast online. Registered guests will receive a link to the live stream 48 hours prior to the event.

We look forward to speaking with you on June 10!


Lead photo by Thomas Spiltoir

Virtual Event

Bennington Celebrates A.T. Community Designation

The Town of Bennington, Vermont, invites you to celebrate its designation as the newest A.T. CommunityTM on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 6 p.m. EDT. This virtual ceremony will feature U.S. Representative Peter Welch as the keynote speaker. Additional speakers will include several local spokespersons, state and local officials, and partnering organizations that work to preserve and maintain the A.T. and Long Trail, including the National Park Service, the ATC, the Green Mountain National Forest Service, and the Green Mountain Club.

This official designation will be held via Zoom, so register to attend today!



Photo by Janine Wilkin

Featured Article

The Whiskey Hollow Six

Spending time in the outdoors can be healing in many ways. For “The Whiskey Hollow Six,” a group of women embracing a drive to explore, a two-day backpacking trip on the A.T. helped them find comfort in nature’s embrace and reexamine the artificial boundaries we often create for ourselves.


Photo by Bobby O’Donnell

Celebrate Our Winners

Natural Beauty: 14 States, Unlimited Inspiration

This April, the ATC asked A.T. lovers everywhere to help us celebrate the natural beauty of the Trail and its surrounding landscape through our photo series, “Natural Beauty: 14 States, Unlimited Inspiration.” After receiving hundreds of beautiful photos, we are thrilled to share the winners! Thank you to everyone who shared their photos and stories with us, and we hope you are all inspired by this series to capture your own A.T. adventures!


Don’t Forget…


A.T. Volunteer Brand Concept Challenge

Submit your ideas for the A.T. Volunteer Brand Concept Challenge by May 31! Share your original designs of what being an A.T. volunteer means to you — five submissions will be selected to receive a daypack stuffed with surprises (the good kind)!



Nominations Open for ATC Board of Directors

Are you, or someone you know, interested in serving on the ATC Board of Directors? Nominations are being accepted until June 11, 2021, to fill multiple board positions. For more information and to submit your nomination today, click below or visit



Community Spotlight

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Happy Trails!

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