2023 State-By-State Photo Contest Favorites

January 4, 2024

In 2023, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy put out the call for photos from each of the 14 states through which the Appalachian Trail passes. The A.T. is over 2,100 miles long, connecting the rolling green mountains of Georgia to the rocky ranges of Maine. With such diverse landscapes, weather patterns, plants, and wildlife, each Trail state has unique features and beauty worth capturing and celebrating.

Seeing the iconic and natural beauty of the A.T. through the perspective of more than 580 individuals who submitted 1,900 photos is a testament to the Trail community’s passion for this special and ecologically diverse landscape. A handful of photographers submitted photos from nearly every state with 4 people sending in photos for more than 10 of the 14 Trail states.

To all who submitted, thank you for sharing the beauty of the Appalachian Trail with the world!

Visit the State-by-State Photo Contest submission page to view more of our favorite photos from each state.

Don’t forget to share your photos of the Appalachian Trail by tagging your photos with #ATCSpotlight on Instagram, Threads, and X (formerly Twitter). We also accept photo and story submissions on an ongoing basis via our submission form below.

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