August 12, 2022

Trailway News: Something to be Savored

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Something to be Savored

After completing a decade-long section hike of the entire Appalachian Trail (A.T.), Michele and Dan Coleman discuss the joy (and challenges) of hiking with children, the community of hikers and Trail-lovers they met along the way, and how spreading out their adventure over time taught them to savor every moment.

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Photo by Brent McGuirt Photography

Wild East Action Fund’s Grant Application Period Opens Monday

We are excited to announce that the 2022 application period for the Wild East Action Fund (WEAF) will open on Monday, August 15. Since 2018, the WEAF has supported a variety of land protection and conservation capacity-building projects that have accelerated the pace of conservation within the A.T. landscape. This funding opportunity is available to nonprofit organizations and public agencies that support the mission of the A.T. Landscape Partnership.

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Trail Updates


Riga and Brassie Brook Shelters in Connecticut to be closed, rebuilt.

After 40 years of service, these shelters are due for replacement. Brassie Brook Shelter demolition has begun, and Riga Shelter will close on September 3 for work to begin.

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Bear activity reported along the A.T. in North Georgia.

We have received reports of a bear stealing a food bag at Jarrard Gap (NOBO mile 26.3) and an aggressive bear at Blood Mountain (NOBO mile 28.9). The ATC recommends all overnight A.T. campers use bear-resistant food storage containers.

A.T. Bear Safety


Don’t forget: the Damascus Trail Center opens on August 27.

Join us in just two weeks for the grand opening of the newly-built Trail Center, which is designed to help visitors prepare for outdoor adventures and introduce them to Trail stewardship and volunteerism.

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In Other News…

Continuing the Tradition of the “Cookie Lady” – The Berkshire Eagle profiles the Sangree Family, who have taken up the tradition of providing home-baked cookies to A.T. hikers after the passing of Marilyn “Cookie Lady” Wiley in 2021.

Travel + Leisure Profiles Locations for an Appalachian Mountain Getaway – Featuring a conversation with ATC President & CEO Sandi Marra, this article profiles locations on and near the A.T. you can add to your bucket list.

Attend the A.T. Hall of Fame Induction Event on October 1 – This outdoor ceremony in honor of this year’s inductees — including longtime ATC Information Services Manager Laurie Potteiger — begins at 1:30 p.m. at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The ceremony is free but registration is required due to limited space — send an email to to register.

Community Spotlight

Happy Trails!

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