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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

An Enduring Mission

October 14, 2020

In a year of challenges and opportunities, our commitment to protecting, managing and advocating for the A.T. has not changed.

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Be a Voice for the A.T.

This Election Day, Vote with the Trail in Mind

October 6, 2020

We ask everyone to consider the great outdoors and environmental conservation when casting your vote this November 3.

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By Anne Sentz, ATC Landscape Partnership Manager

A Prime Example of A.T. Landscape Protection

October 2, 2020

The conservation of Bald Mountain Pond in Maine highlights the collaboration between the ATC and its partners to protect the Appalachian Trail landscape.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

What Makes an A.T. View Great?

September 18, 2020

To better address threats to Appalachian Trail locations, the ATC and the National Park Service are taking inventory of the Trail’s irreplaceable views.

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How to Help

Supporting Those Affected by West Coast Wildfires

September 17, 2020

We can make a difference by supporting each other during this difficult time.

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By Anne Sentz, ATC Landscape Partnership Manager

Partnering for A.T. Landscape Protection

August 13, 2020

A massive amount of collaboration and shared dedication is required to ensure A.T. landscapes are conserved.

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By Dan Hale, ATC New England Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager

Montane Spruce-Fir Forests

August 11, 2020

Found in the upper elevations of the Appalachians, Montane Spruce-Fir Forests provide a critical habitat for many rare and federally endangered species.

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By Jake Campbell, ATC Next Generation Advisory Council Member

My Decision to Leave the Trail

July 31, 2020

While Next Generation Advisory Council Member Jake Campbell’s first steps on the Appalachian Trail were a dream come true, he was faced with a difficult decision early on in his 2020 thru-hike.

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Responding to COVID-19

A Reminder to Stay Safe on the A.T.

July 31, 2020

Safety guidelines for A.T. hikers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

The Dedication of A.T. Volunteers

July 28, 2020

Month after month and year after year, thousands of volunteers return to the Appalachian Trail to protect and preserve its legacy.

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ATC Staff

Congress Passes the Great American Outdoors Act

July 23, 2020

Receiving overwhelming bipartisan support, this transformative conservation bill will greatly enhance our ability to conserve the Appalachian Trail.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Shifting Perspectives and Realities

July 17, 2020

A commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion is critical for the future protection of the Trail.

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Responding to COVID-19

The A.T. on Katahdin Reopens

July 1, 2020

The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail has reopened, though there are still several precautions to consider before planning your visit.

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By Amanda Wheelock

The Next Generation of Volunteers

July 1, 2020

The ATC is committed to welcoming, training, and supporting the next generation of Trail volunteers through a variety of programs and opportunities.

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By Dan Hale, ATC New England Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager

Protecting Pollinators

June 27, 2020

Managing pollinators and their habitats along the Appalachian Trail benefits the ecosystem and us.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

A System of Protection

June 26, 2020

2020 events have underlined the importance of the Cooperative Management System in achieving the vision of a protected Appalachian Trail for everyone.

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Responding to COVID-19

June 16, 2020 Update on A.T. Closures and Conditions

June 16, 2020

An update for Appalachian Trail hikers as more states relax stay-at-home restrictions and more sections of the Trail reopen.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

A.T. Volunteers: Experts in Conservation

June 13, 2020

From trail maintenance to carpentry and natural resource conservation, volunteers employ a range of skills to protect the Appalachian Trail.

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By Shilletha Curtis

Not Just Another Hiker

June 12, 2020

Shilletha Curtis describes how her experiences outdoors and interactions with A.T. groups online highlight the need for change.

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14 Reasons to Start Your Northbound Thru-Hike at Amicalola Falls State Park

July 8, 2020

Appalachian Trail (A.T.) thru-hiker season is almost here! While Springer Mountain, Georgia is the best-known place to start a northbound thru-hike, in fact, more than half of “NOBOs” actually start at another location: Amicalola Falls State Park (AFSP). Here are 14 reasons (one for each of the states the Trail passes through) why you might want to start your thru-hike under the iconic stone arch that marks the beginning of the 8.8-mile Approach Trail, which travels to the southern terminus of the A.T.

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By Shalin Desai, ATC Vice President of Advancement

What is the Cost of a “Priceless” View?

June 9, 2020

The view from McAfee Knob is priceless, but what does it cost to build, maintain and protect an irreplaceable part of the Appalachian Trail Experience for future generations?

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

A Commitment to Justice

June 1, 2020

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has taken inventory of the social landscape within the Appalachian Trail community and across the United States, and we believe that by making meaningful changes, the A.T. can be a space that is inclusive, open and safe for all.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

The Scope of A.T. Volunteerism

May 29, 2020

For almost 100 years, volunteerism has been the bedrock of the Appalachian Trail and the ATC.

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Hike Safely

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for A.T. Day and Overnight Hikers

May 20, 2020

Recommendations for keeping you and those around you safe and healthy if you are planning to hike on the Appalachian Trail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stay Safe

COVID-19 Update for 2020 A.T. Thru-Hikers

May 20, 2020

The ATC asks that thru-hikers continue to postpone their hikes temporarily, though criteria have been identified on when this recommendation could change.

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By Dan Hale, ATC New England Natural Resource and Land Stewardship Manager

Vernal Pools: Temporary Habitats for A.T. Wildlife

May 18, 2020

A temporary world exists for chirping frogs and slippery salamanders in the form of a vernal pool.

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Responding to COVID-19

An Update for 2020 A.T. Hikers

May 11, 2020

The ATC is working quickly to determine the safest way and time for hikers to return to the Trail.

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By David McDowell Schafer

I Was Hired to Be a Ridgerunner

May 8, 2020

Ridgerunner David McDowell Schafer explains how his role has shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Our Next Steps for Re-Engaging with the Trail

May 1, 2020

The ATC has convened a task force to develop guidance on how A.T. visitors can re-engage safely with the Trail and help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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By David McDowell Schafer

Appalachian Trail Wildflowers

April 29, 2020

Spring is here and warmer days are finally upon us, meaning ephemeral spring wildflowers will be sprouting out of the ground to show their gorgeous array of colors.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Advocating for a Protected Trail

April 16, 2020

The Appalachian Trail itself only exists and remains protected because of thousands of dedicated advocates.

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Responding to COVID-19

2020 Thru-Hikers: Picking Up Where You Left Off

March 31, 2020

Due to the safety concerns and closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the ATC has revised its policy for recognizing the 2020 class of A.T. thru-hikers.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Please stay off the Appalachian Trail

March 23, 2020

The Appalachian Trail, given its ever-increasing popularity over the past weeks, is no longer a viable space to practice social distancing.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

March 19, 2020 Update on COVID-19 and the A.T.

March 19, 2020

An update from ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra on our ongoing actions to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission on and around the Appalachian Trail.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for A.T. Multi-day and Thru-Hikers

March 17, 2020

ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra advises multi-day campers and thru-hikers to postpone their hikes due to the risks of COVID-19 transmission.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC’s COVID-19 Plan

March 13, 2020

President & CEO Sandra Marra discusses the next steps in helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the Appalachian Trail.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Protecting the Trail’s Continuous Journey

March 5, 2020

Creating a continuous footpath from Maine to Georgia was not a one-time event. In order to preserve the Trail’s full 2,000-mile journey, continual maintenance and guardianship are essential to ensure the A.T. always remains open.

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By Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Preserving the Trail’s Network of Protectors

February 24, 2020

An upcoming Supreme Court decision could change how the Trail has been managed for over 50 years.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Bear Mountain: A Legacy of Footpath Protection

February 12, 2020

Almost 100 years ago, something extraordinary was happening in the mountains of eastern New York that continues to inspire and inform the ATC’s work today.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Restoring the Atlantic Salmon’s Path to Henderson Brook

December 18, 2019

Deep in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness, ATC and its partners are working to restore access to an important water source for native salmon and trout.

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By Julie Judkins, ATC Director of Education and Outreach, & Sasha DeCaro

Massachusetts Youth Receive Training at Trail Stewardship Summit

December 12, 2019

In mid-October 2019, students, educators and service leaders gathered for the MY Trail Summit, learning valuable skills for protecting the Appalachian Trail and America’s public lands.

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By Anne Sentz, ATC Landscape Partnership Manager

Preserving Maine’s Iconic A.T. Views

December 4, 2019

A decades-old conservation project will protect beautiful and environmentally important Maine lands adjacent to five miles of the A.T.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

A New Path for the A.T. in Palmerton

November 27, 2019

As life returns to the hills above Palmerton, Pennsylvania, the ATC is working to enhance the A.T. experience for future Trail users.

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By Jordan Bowman, ATC Director of Communications

Uniting to Preserve the South Mountain Range

November 20, 2019

The South Mountain Partnership is determined to preserve this unique landscape home to 60 miles of the A.T.

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by Anne Sentz, ATC Landscape Partnership Manager

Cherry Valley Land Protection Safeguards Five Miles of the Trail

November 13, 2019

The protection of Cherry Valley is a success story not only because of its conservation values, but because it is a real-life example of public-private partnerships that benefit those who live and play in the region.

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by Kathryn Herndon-Powell, ATC Education and Outreach Coordinator

The Preservation of Spy Rock

November 6, 2019

When an increase in visitation threatened one of the Appalachian Trail’s hidden treasures in Virginia, ATC and its partners took action to preserve rare plant species and the fragile surrounding environment.

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by Julie Judkins, ATC Director of Education and Outreach

Women Workdays Provide Opportunities for New Volunteers

October 31, 2019

Wild East Women aims to lift a broader stewardship focus for women connected to the Appalachian Trail.

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by Tom Derr

Fair Energy Development and Recreation Economies

October 29, 2019

Why fair and transparent energy development is essential for the success of communities and businesses reliant on outdoor recreation.

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by Jordan Bowman, ATC Communications Manager

Hogan Hollow Purchase Helps Preserve McAfee Knob Views

October 23, 2019

The purchase of this 243-acre stretch of land will help preserve the irreplaceable views from the Appalachian Trail on McAfee Knob.

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by Jordan Bowman, ATC Communications Manager

Trail Reroute Provides Hands-On Training

October 16, 2019

A half-mile A.T. relocation project gave the next generation of Trail stewards the chance to learn firsthand what it takes to maintain and preserve the A.T.

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by Jordan Bowman, ATC Communications Manager

E3 Summit Provides Experience to the Next Generation

October 9, 2019

Designed to provide the next generation of conservationists with hands-on experience and skills, the E3 summit focused on everything from trail-building workshops to night sky preservation.

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by Jordan Bowman, ATC Communication Manager

Saving the Roan Highland Red Spruce Forests

October 2, 2019

The red spruce forests in the Roan Highlands have become an inseparable part of the Appalachian Trail experience, but action must be taken to ensure they are a healthy, lasting part of the Roan ecosystem.

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by Tom Derr

Cooperative Management is Key on the A.T.

October 1, 2019

The A.T. survives today due to the dedicated work of three separate, but interlocking, categories of cooperating Trail champions.

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by Laurie Potteiger, Information Services Manager

Lightning Safety

September 3, 2019

Lightning is one of the most spectacular and powerful phenomena in nature, with power to kill or maim people, explode trees, and start wildfires. However, many of us tend to be too cavalier, not thinking about the force and destruction it can unleash. Perhaps we view it like a rainbow or comet—something far away, majestic and beautiful, that will never touch us.

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By Brendan Mysliwiec, ATC Director of Federal Policy and Legislation

The Cowpasture Decision

August 30, 2019

This important decision could determine how energy infrastructure is sited over the Appalachian Trail and how the Trail Corridor is managed.

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by Charlie Robbins, NextGen Forest Ambassador

Becoming a NextGen Forest Ambassador

August 26, 2019

Charlie Robbins, an adventurous NextGen Forest Ambassador, writes about his experience at the Next Generation Forest Ambassador Youth Summit earlier this year.

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by ATC Staff

A Year Stronger: Appalachian Trail Successes in 2018

December 31, 2018

2018 was a big year for the Appalachian Trail, filled with multiple milestones and the long-awaited completion of several ongoing projects.

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The Search for Bicknell's Thrush

A Song at Dawn

January 21, 2019

Nick Lund of Maine Audubon shares his face-to-face encounter with one of the rarest (and most elusive!) birds in the country.

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By Alyson Browett

This Tiny Beetle is Killing the Appalachian Trail’s Ash Trees

November 15, 2018

The emerald ash borer is decimating the ash tree population along the Appalachian Trail. If it isn’t stopped, it will change our forests forever.

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by Michela Williams

Appalachian Trail Pioneers: Marcia Fairweather

October 30, 2018

Marcia Fairweather broke new ground in 2008 when she completed the first known section-hike of the Appalachian Trail by an African American.

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by Lynsey “Stubbs” Abrams

Post Trail Depression: What it’s Like, How it Happens & How to Get Over It

October 18, 2018

After a long hike on the Appalachian Trail, returning to the “real world” can leave some hikers feeling blue. Thru-hiker Lynsey “Stubbs” Abrams discusses “post trail depression” and ways to help avoid it.

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by Alyson Browett

Planning a Family Hike: Reconnecting Your Loved Ones with the Outdoors

September 21, 2018

Helpful tips for helping family members of all ages experience and appreciate their next outdoor adventure.

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by Brian King, ATC Publisher

The Last 2 Miles

August 14, 2018

81 years ago on August 14, 1937, the final link of the Appalachian Trail was completed, creating an interconnected path stretching from Georgia to Maine.

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by Brian King, ATC Publisher

“The Long Cruise” – Celebrating 70 Years of the A.T. Thru-Hiking Tradition

August 5, 2018

August 5, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the first recorded Appalachian Trail thru-hike by Earl V. Shaffer, affectionately known as “The Crazy One.”

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by Alyson Browett

A.T. Communities: Gateways to Economic and Stewardship Success

August 3, 2018

How the A.T. Community™ program helps protect the Appalachian Trail and builds the outdoor recreation economy in Trail towns.

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by Jim Fetig, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

A.T. Hiker Hacks: Simple & Cheap Ways to Enhance Your Next Backcountry Adventure

July 20, 2018

There are many common hacks worth knowing that can make life on the trail lighter, easier, safer and less costly.

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by Alyson Browett

A Voice For The Land: Building the A.T. Landscape Partnership

June 12, 2018

Learn how the ATC and its partners are working to protect not only the A.T. footpath, but also the irreplaceable landscapes and ecosystems surrounding the Trail.

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by Katie Oliver, ATC Trail Crew Leader

Always Worth It: How I Fell in Love with Life on a Trail Crew

May 9, 2018

ATC Trail Crew Leader Katie Oliver recalls why she returns every year to work on an ATC Trail Crew — no matter how bad the weather is.

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by Alyson Browett

Flip Flop Hiking: Helping Conserve the Trail and Sustain Communities

April 21, 2018

More and more, hikers are choosing to begin their hikes at various locations along the A.T.’s corridor, hiking north or south, and then “flip-flopping” back to their starting location and hiking the opposite direction to finish the Trail.

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by Anne Baker, ATC Landscape Partnership Manager

Moving Forward: LWCF and a Thriving Appalachian Landscape

April 11, 2018

As we move forward in our efforts to protect the Appalachian Trail, the importance of tools like the Land & Water Conservation Fund only become more apparent.

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By Brian King, ATC Publisher

The A.T. Bill of 1978

March 18, 2018

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail Bill of 1978, a pivotal moment in the history of the A.T. and the ATC.

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by Brian Threlkeld

100 Mile Wild: A Winter Trek Through Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness

February 22, 2018

Brian Threlkeld and his team are taking on an extreme A.T. challenge: traversing the 100 Mile Wilderness in the middle of a Maine winter.

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by ATC Staff

The Path to Love: Three Love Stories from the Appalachian Trail

February 14, 2018

Three true stories from Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff about the love they found on the A.T.

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by Alyson Browett

On the Right Foot: ATC to Offer “Start Well” Hiking Classes for Northbound Thru-Hikers

February 13, 2018

The ATC will be holding daily hour-long classes to ensure northbound thru-hikers are prepared for successful and sustainable A.T. journeys.

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By Roland “Tony” Richardson

A Hike Through History

February 13, 2017

In October 2016, a group of seven African-American outdoor enthusiasts embarked on a four-day backpacking trip on the A.T. to retrace the journeys of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad through the Appalachian Mountains.

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by Ashley Kelton

This Land is Our Land: A Reflection

December 15, 2017

High school senior Ashley “Asha” Kelton describes her experience at the Massachusetts Youth Trail Summit and how it solidified her appreciation for America’s public lands.

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by Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Hit the Trail for #OptOutside 2017

November 24, 2017

This Black Friday, Nov. 24, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy ATC is proud to #OptOutside alongside REI and many other companies and organizations.​

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