August 27, 2021

Trailway News: Stewardship Shines Bright

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is supported through the dedicated work of volunteers that help maintain and monitor not only the footpath but also the surrounding landscape.

Contributing to the A.T. not only involves performing essential trail maintenance with lopper and pulaski in hand. Opportunities range from engaging with the public in visitor centers to capturing A.T. photography. The sky is the limit when it comes to being a volunteer and supporter of the Trail.

Check out our Volunteer Engagement Platform to find an opportunity today!

Get Involved


On a recent work trip, members of the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club (TEHCC) helped clear overgrown summertime vegetation from a two-mile section of the A.T. along the TN/NC border. Photos by Anna Chastain.


From The Mountains to The Hill

From family camping trips to joining the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) to a summer as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) Federal Policy Intern, Ethan Goldman found his experiences on the A.T. to be both rewarding and illuminating.



Hike for Hope

This October, hike, run, walk, or ride for HOPE! Log your miles to help Hike for Mental Health raise awareness about the challenges of mental illness, fund mental health research, and conserve wilderness trails during its fifth annual #hikeOctober campaign. This campaign is free to join, open to all experience levels, and is a way to make an impact!



Photo by Brent Farmer

Happy 105th Birthday to the National Park Service

Did you know that the A.T. is a unit of the National Park System and passes through six National Parks? Established in 1916, the National Park Service (NPS) helps protect and celebrate some of America’s most treasured lands, including the A.T. As stated in the Organic Act, signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, the NPS’s fundamental purpose is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as we will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Thank you for your partnership and dedication to these national treasures, NPS!



Don’t Forget…


Tomorrow is our 2021 Membership Meeting

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT, our annual Membership Meeting brings us together to welcome Board Members and discuss the future of the ATC.

You can stream this virtual meeting on our website or on our YouTube page.



The 2022 ATC Calendar is here!

Show your support for the A.T. by donating $75 or more through November 1 and receive the ATC’s 2022 calendar. Full of beautiful images contributed by Trail lovers (just like you), the 2022 calendar will connect you to the A.T. all year long!


Community Spotlight


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Happy Trails!

Please donate today to ensure the A.T. we all love benefits us today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.