December 3, 2021

Trailway News: 2021’s Final Stretch

The end of 2021 is just around the corner, and we all know what that means: it’s time to start planning next year’s adventures! In order to help you best prepare for any upcoming trips on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), here are some ways you can help ensure your next experience is one for the memory books:

  • Register your backpacking trip at – Whether you’re planning an overnight backpacking trip or a full thru-hike of the A.T., our voluntary registration system will help you choose a starting date and location with fewer crowds, minimizing impacts to the Trail and maximizing your experience in the Appalachian backcountry. You can also sign up to receive text or email alerts about Trail conditions and other important news.
  • Plan and prepare with our Hiker Resource Library – Gear lists, instructional videos, safety tips, and more — our Hiker Resource Library has the info you need to start your next A.T. visit on the right foot.
  • Leave No Trace – Much more than just “packing out your trash,” these invaluable backcountry principles help ensure the A.T. remains beautiful, healthy, and welcoming for all.



Protecting the Trail, One Tree at a Time

Join ATC Resource Management Coordinator Matt Drury on a trip to treat A.T. ash trees against the invasive emerald ash borer. In total, the ATC and its partners have treated 1,200 trees along the footpath so far, helping protect these giants of the Trail and help ensure this species will survive for generations to come.

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The Mountain and the “Monties”

She had never climbed a mountain before. That all changed when AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member Kacie L. Simmons signed up to maintain the A.T. boundary in Carrabassett Valley in Maine. Learn more about Kacie’s life-changing experience and the importance of maintaining a clear boundary around the A.T. corridor.



Campfires Currently Banned Throughout North Carolina

Due to dry conditions and increased fire risk, the North Carolina Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning until further notice. This ban includes the use of campfires throughout the state, including on the A.T. Campers can still use alternative means for cooking food, such as portable stoves and grills.


Wherever you are on the Trail, we ask campers to always practice campfire safety, including keeping campfires small, using existing fire rings, and being aware of dry/drought conditions and any local restrictions.

Campfire Safety


Thank You for Supporting the Trail!

Thank you to our amazing community for your #GivingTuesday donations and for all the ways you have given back to the A.T. this year. We appreciate you!


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Happy Trails!

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