March 4, 2022

Trailway News: Celebrating Our 97th Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our 97th anniversary and would like to thank you for taking this journey with us! Over the years, the ATC has proudly continued the legacy of protecting, managing, and advocating for the Appalachian Trail so that millions each year can enjoy all the Trail has to offer. Whether you’ve never stepped foot on the Trail, have hiked a mile or 2,000-plus, volunteer with a Trail maintaining club, and/or are an ATC donor or member, we sincerely appreciate you.


Trail Family

While preparing for his 1979 A.T. thru-hike, David Brill found a hiking partner during a presentation for aspiring hikers. Months later, they set out, gaining more members of what became a cherished Trail family.


This article was first published in the Winter 2022 A.T. Journeys magazine, the ATC’s official membership magazine. 


Love Letters to the A.T.

We’ve loved getting to share your stories and memories in our Love Letters to the A.T. series. This week, we’re sharing two more stories from people that were drawn to and fell in love with the Trail.


“A clear night led to a glorious sunrise. Who knew this exact moment existed in the future of my teenage self? A moment that lived and breathed, real as real gets, as I looked out at a morning sky next to Riga Shelter nearly four decades later.” – Ed Carmien



“You bring people together in ways that still surprise me, no matter how much time has passed. I cherish the deep bonds that are formed over a shared experience and relish in the magic made when laughter turns to song.” – Sara Leibold



Do you have photos, videos, or stories about your experience on the A.T.? Share them with us via our media submission form!


Advancing the Protection of
41,000 Acres of Land

Together with our partners, the ATC is advancing the largest landscape conservation effort in the eastern United States. We are pleased to announce that our 2021 Wild East Action Fund will support the protection of more than 41,000 acres along the Trail. To read more about the projects and grantees, click here.


The Wild East Action Fund supports the mission of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership (ATLP). Co-convened by the ATC and the National Park Service, the ATLP brings together nearly 100 conservation partners from Maine to Georgia dedicated to A.T. landscape conservation.


In Other News…

National Park Service Seeks Public Feedback on Virginia’s Triple Crown: Get involved in the protection of Virginia’s Triple Crown (McAfee Knob, Dragons Tooth, and Tinker Cliffs) by attending virtual meetings to learn more about visitor use strategies for the area and provide your feedback.

Become a Volunteer: The A.T. would not exist with volunteers. If you are looking to help protect the Trail, find a volunteer opportunity near you.

Join Our Growing Team: Visit our Careers page to check out seasonal, part-time and full-time opportunities that help protect the Trail and its surrounding landscape.


Community Spotlight

Happy Trails!

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