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.

Before heading out, check our Trail Updates page for any conditions or closures, as the situation can change quickly. A great example of this happened this week, when two sections in North Carolina were briefly closed due to U.S. Forest Service prescribed burns — these types of closures happen quickly, as the weather conditions need to be just right.

In addition to having the right gear, being informed and prepared is essential for a hike of any length!

Trail Updates


Photo by Horizonline Pictures

Recipients Announced for $493,100 in ATC Community Impact Grants

Today the ATC announced eight recipients as part of its Community Impact Grant program, distributing a total of $493,100. These grants will help nonprofits promote environmental education, expand outdoor engagement and support economic viability throughout southwestern Virginia and southeastern West Virginia.



Photo by Brent McGuirt Photography

Join Us for a Live Conversation on Climate Change

Don’t forget: join us live on March 25 at 7 p.m. EDT for an online conversation about one of the most pressing issues facing the Appalachian Trail and the world at large: climate change. Through a discussion with two leading climate experts, we will review the expected impacts to the Appalachian region and the actions we can take to ensure the A.T. is as protected as possible from climate change’s most damaging effects.




Franklin “Ox” LaFond

Volunteer of the Month

Franklin moved to the Knoxville, Tennessee area and joined the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club in February 2009.

Since then, he has put his training to use on his adopted section of the A.T. and by helping and mentoring other maintainers with their sections.

Thank You Franklin!

We Were There, Too
Pioneering Women of the Appalachian Trail

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate the thousands of women whose contributions and dedication have helped conserve and celebrate the A.T. Gwenyth L. Loose’s illuminating book We Were There, Too explores the dedication of three women leaders — Jean Stephenson, Margaret Drummond, and Ruth Blackburn — in the development and protection of the Trail.

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Happy Trails!

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