Trailway News: Here Comes the Sun

Trailway News | March 10, 2023 | Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Photo by Joseph Font

This Sunday, March 12, we’ll “spring ahead” one hour for Daylight Saving Time. As the clocks roll forward, we’re celebrating the shifting seasons and warmer days on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

In this week’s Trailway News, we’ve got some favorite recipes by ATC staff members competing to be the champion of our March Snackness tournament. Also, submit your photos of North Carolina for our State-by-State photo contest, read up on campfire safety tips, and see more updates from the Trail.

Group of hikers enjoy snacks on a mountain summit
March Snackness: Vote for Your Favorite in the Final Four

Something about the month of March makes us want to put all of our favorite snacks into head-to-head competitions and see which recipes reign supreme. We’ve narrowed down some ATC staff members’ favorite recipes to make on the Trail to our final four and we need you to help decide the champion of March Snackness.

Read more about March Snackness on the A.T. Footpath blog to see our favorites and vote for yours!

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The Answers to Your Burning Campfire Questions

We know that there have been campfires for as long as there has been camping, and it’s understandable why many people each year reach out wanting to understand campfire regulations on the Trail.

Whether campfires are permitted depends on several factors, including where you’re camping and current Trail conditions. Where campfires are allowed, it’s essential to know how to build safe and responsible campfires. Visit to learn more.

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Photo by Joe “banjo” Martin at Max Patch, North Carolina

Reminder: Submit Your North Carolina Photos for a Chance to Win

Our State-by-State Photo Contest highlights the beauty of each state the A.T. passes through. Remember to submit your photos for North Carolina by March 19 for a chance to win!

Looking forward to submitting photos for another state? Review the dates for each state’s submission window.

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The Green Tunnel Podcast Features ATC’s Director of Visitor Expeirence


Check out the Green Tunnel Podcast’s recent episode, which features our very own Director of Visitor Experience, Dakota Jackson. In the episode, Dakota interviews host Mills Kelly about his new book: Virginia’s Lost Appalachian Trail.

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“If those men can do it, I can do it.” – Emma Gatewood AKA Grandma Gatewood

A.T. history is full of inspiring women who challenged norms and left their marks on the Trail. The Trek highlights seven of these women who have made history by hiking first, hiking fastest, and hiking for a purpose.

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Trail Updates


We’re hiring crew leads! Trail crew leaders are needed each year to lead crews that complete routine Trail maintenance, relocation projects, and more. We’re seeking crew leads for the Smokies Wilderness Elite A.T. Crew (S.W.E.A.T.) and the Rocky Top Crew.

Photo by Horizonline Pictures

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With spring around the corner, bears are becoming more active on the A.T. Bears live in all 14 states that the Trail passes through. The ATC recommends the use of bear canisters for food storage on all overnight A.T. trips to keep people and bears safe. Learn more about reducing conflict between people and bears and what to do if you have a bear encounter at

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In Other News..

The A.T. Museum will open on April 1, 2023 – The Appalachian Trail History Museum, located in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park will open for the season on April 1! Plan your visit today.

Don’t miss the latest ATC TikToks – Trail tips, scenic views, and black bears – oh my! Check out the ATC’s TikTok to see the latest videos from the Trail.

Community Spotlight

@hikerwin shares a photo celebrating the beauty of the A.T.
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