February 25, 2022

Trailway News: The Right Foundation

One of the most beautiful aspects of an Appalachian Trail (A.T.) story is hearing how it has inspired people to share their love for the Trail with others. This week, we’re excited to share a three-part piece, first published in the Winter 2022 issue of A.T. Journeys, featuring stories by Michelle Holmes and Derrick Z. Jackson on how the outdoors is at the center of their family, friendships and life.

Close friends join Derrick, Michelle, and their son, Tano (top left) in Baxter State Park during their thirtieth anniversary hike (and a portion of Michelle’s thirteen-year-long quest of section-hiking the Trail).

Derrick, Michelle, and their son, Tano, on the summit of Katahdin/Baxter Peak.



Love Letters to the A.T.

Here are a couple of stories from people that fell in love with the Trail – and what keeps their love for it going strong today.


“What do I love most about the A.T.? Well, that’s like asking which one of your children you love the most, but if I’m forced to choose, it’s the community.” – Janine Wilkin



“In 2014, I went on to thru-hike the A.T., and my favorite memory (among many) is when my dad hiked out to Lonesome Lake to meet me where my love for the Trail began.” – Erin Foley



Thanks to everyone that submitted a story for our Love Letters to the A.T. series! Check back next week for two more stories from people that fell in love with the Trail.


Photo by Kristi McFarlin

Your 2022 A.T. Adventure Awaits

For those preparing to set off on a long-distance A.T. hike, we’ve put together a final checklist and things you should know before heading to the Trail.



In Other News…

Work With Us: Discover seasonal, part-time and full-time opportunities that help protect the A.T. on our Careers page.

Become a Visitor Center Volunteer: Our Visitor Services team is looking for volunteers to help out in our visitor centers in DamascusHarpers FerryBoiling Springs, and Monson.


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Happy Trails!

Thank you for your continued support and the love you express for the Trail!