October 14, 2022

Trailway News: Hangtag, You’re It!

Every year, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) hangtag can be seen dangling from the backpacks of thousands of hikers as they attempt to tackle the entire Trail, whether in one continuous thru-hike or over a series of section hikes. The color of the hangtag changes each year, and for 2023, the color will be… up to you.

From now until October 24, we invite you to vote for one of five colors for next year’s A.T. hangtag. Everyone can vote once per day, so make sure to come back daily to ensure your favorite hangtag color is the winner.

And, as a thank you for voting, we are also selecting ten random voters to receive a Hydro Flask Parks for All 12 oz Cooler Cup! Learn more and vote today at appalachiantrail.org/2023hangtag.

Cast your vote


Pictured: The Centennial Wildfire closed a section of the A.T. in New Hampshire earlier this year. Photo: USFS/White Mountain National Forest

Fall Wildfire Season is Here. You Can Help Make it Uneventful.

Fall wildfire season has arrived along the A.T., particularly in the south. Help protect the A.T. landscape, the wildlife that calls the Trail home, and other hikers by taking extra precautions with campfires and camp stoves.



Photo by Julie Judkins

Stories from the 2022 Emerging Leaders’ Summit

On August 5-7, 2022, the ATC hosted its Emerging Leaders’ Summit centered on young leaders aged 18-30. Even in the sticky summer heat, these young people participated in workshops that helped build professional skills and spark a passion for Trail conservation.



Don’t Forget: Reserve Your 2023 Appalachian Trail Calendar

Start your mornings off right with a daily reminder of the Trail with our 2023 A.T. Calendar! Make a donation of $75 or more by November 1 to receive this calendar in addition to ATC membership benefits.

Reserve your calendar


Go Dark Group Hiking Shot on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Photo by Horizonline Pictures

Photo by Horizonline Pictures

We Want to Share Your A.T. Photos, Videos, and Stories

Do you have an amazing A.T. adventure you would love to tell the world about? We want to share your awesome photos, videos, and stories with the rest of the Trail community! Share them with us at appalachiantrail.org/share and we might feature your stories on our social media channels, website, newsletters, and more!

And don’t forget: tag your Instagram and Twitter posts with #ATCspotlight and we’ll consider them for the Trailway News Community Spotlight!

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In Other News…

Important End-of-Year Closure Dates for 2022 A.T. Hikers – The end of the warm weather hiking season has arrived along parts of the A.T., and that means many roads and hiker services will soon close until next year.

163rd Commemoration of John Brown’s Raid – Taking place tomorrow (October 15) at one of the most historically significant locations on the A.T., experience John Brown’s Raid through the stories of the U.S. Marines, townspeople, former enslaved, and John Brown himself in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park’s event, “At All Times Ready.”

Planning Your Leaf-Peeping A.T. Hikes – This interactive map at SmokyMountains.com can help you plan when peak foliage will be hitting your area. Just don’t forget to be prepared and practice Leave No Trace principles!


Community Spotlight

Want to be featured in our community spotlight? Follow us on Instagram at @appalachiantrail and use #atcspotlight in your post!

Happy Trails!

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