April 1, 2022

Trailway News: April Showers

April is officially here! While hundreds of hikers have already begun the journey from Springer Mountain to attempt a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), a growing number of adventurers will soon attempt a twist on the thru-hike formula: a “flip-flop” thru-hike.

Flip-flop thru-hikers begin their journeys somewhere in the middle of the Trail — often at our headquarters in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia — and take advantage of milder weather, more flexible time frames to complete their hikes, and more moderate terrain as they break in their “hiking legs.” Learn more about flip-flop thru-hikes and see our tips for a successful start in our latest blog post.



Practicing Campfire Safety

With several wildfires and fire condition warnings already taking place along the southern A.T. this year, the importance of campfire safety is clear. Do your part to help prevent wildfires by building campfires responsibly and extinguishing them entirely before leaving camp.


Keep in mind that campfires are not permitted on some parts of the Trail. For camping and campfire regulations along the A.T., click here.


April Showers (and Storms)

Weather conditions can change quickly on the A.T., and warming temperatures mean an increased risk of severe weather. If you find yourself caught in a storm while on the Trail, be sure to follow these lightning safety tips.



In Other News…

Plan Your Visit to the Appalachian Trail Museum – Located in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnance State Park, the A.T. Museum opens for the 2022 season this Saturday (April 2) from noon – 4 p.m.

The Konnarock Trail Crew Needs YOU – Don’t miss your opportunity to give back to the A.T. by joining the Konnarock Trail Crew for one (or several) sessions this spring and summer.

Join Our Team – Explore seasonal, part-time and full-time positions with the ATC on our Careers page.

Emerging Leaders’ Spring Gathering – Join us for our Emerging Leaders’ Spring Gathering on April 5 from 6-7 p.m. During this virtual gathering, guest speakers will discuss their work in conservation and its role in creating climate-resilient corridors, and advocating for equitable access to the outdoors in their local communities.

Charming Small Towns to Visit Along the A.T. – Travel & Leisure lists ten of their favorite small towns to visit along the Trail. We’ll up the ante: check out all 50 of the A.T. Communities™ that that provide so much support and character to the A.T.


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Happy Trails!

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