August 13, 2021

Trailway News: So Many Ways to Engage

Appalachian Trail (A.T.) stewardship comes in many forms. It’s the on-the-ground work of incredible volunteers, support from donors and members, and the behind-the-scenes work of staff and partners. This summer, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Federal Policy Intern Kate Foral combined her environmental education and public health knowledge with her love of the Appalachian region to help protect the cultural and natural resources along the Trail as well as the people who go to experience a walk in the woods.

“Every person who advocates for, experiences, or maintains the Trail in some way is important, no matter how big or how small their role,” she said.



Background Photo by Mark Carroll

Get Your 2022 ATC Calendar Today!

The ATC 2022 calendar is available now! First published in 1987 (for 1988), the ATC calendar brings the Trail into homes around the world, sharing the beauty of the A.T. footpath and its surrounding landscapes.

When you give a gift of $75 or more, we will send you our new 2022 calendar as a token of our appreciation. Your gift directly supports ongoing stewardship and protection of the Trail.



Arden Valley Road Bridge Closed for Emergency Repairs

On August 6, Harriman State Park reported that the bridge on Arden Valley Road immediately north of NY 17 (NOBO mile 1,386.7) was closed to vehicle and foot traffic until further notice due to emergency repairs. A detour for A.T. hikers, which adds 8.65 miles, has been put in place until pedestrian access is restored. For the detour map and turn-by-turn instructions, click here.



Be Part of the Next Generation of Trail Stewards!

Are you between the ages of 18-30 and want to help guide the next generation of A.T. stewards? Apply to be part of our Next Generation Advisory Council (NextGen)! NextGen is a group of diverse leaders that inspire, engage, and educate young people to become more involved in the management and stewardship of the Trail. For more information and details on how to apply, visit

Deadline for applications is August 31, 2021.



Join Our Team

If you love the outdoors and spending time on the Appalachian Trail, join our Land Stewardship Team! Land Stewardship Technicians help protect the A.T. corridor by maintaining its surveyed boundaries and working to mitigate any encroachments they find. This is a great opportunity to work throughout the Mid-Altantic region of the Trail for a 12-week season (September through December).



Don’t Forget…


Stream the 2021 ATC Membership Meeting

Our 2021 Membership Meeting is coming up on Saturday, August 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon EDT! Though this meeting will be virtual, we will be answering your questions live during the meeting. Submit questions via [email protected].



Ways to Recreate Responsibly Outside

Shared stewardship and being responsible in outdoor spaces are more important now than ever. Check out the Recreate Responsibly Coalition’s newly updated guidelines to learn how you can do your part to make the outdoors better.



Community Spotlight

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Happy Trails!

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