September 30, 2022

Trailway News: We Meet Again

The 2022 Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Membership Meeting is finally here! Streaming live tomorrow morning (October 1) at 10:30 a.m., we will discuss the successes and future of the ATC and the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), and announce the results of our Board of Directors election. All are welcome to attend! Watch the presentation or on our YouTube channel.

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Extreme Weather Alert: Hurricane Ian

The ATC is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Ian and how it could affect the A.T. Heavy rain and high winds throughout the Southeast could lead to fallen trees, flooding, and other hazards. Hikers are strongly encouraged to postpone any planned hikes in the region until the storm passes and conditions significantly improve. We will post any updates on impacts to the A.T. at



The Appalachian National Scenic Trail sign with a white blaze in the background. Photo by Horizonline Pictures

Celebrating 54 Years of National Scenic Trails

On Sunday, October 2, we celebrate the 54th anniversary of the National Trails System Act! This piece of legislation forever changed our ability to conserve the A.T., including the federal protection of the Trail and establishing the cooperative management system. Without the National Trails System Act, the A.T. as we know it would not exist today!



Trail Updates


Due to the incoming inclement weather, the McAfee Knob Trailhead Shuttle has suspended all service through the weekend.



The Monson A.T. Visitor Center will close for the hiking season on October 10. We look forward to reopening for next year’s adventures in early June 2023!


In Other News…

The A.T. Hall of Fame 2022 Induction Event is Tomorrow! – 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. Hosted by ATC Vice President of Regional and Trail Operations Hawk Metheny, the ceremony is free but registration is required due to limited space — send an email to to register.

Season Two of The Green Tunnel Podcast Begins on October 4 – Our friends at The Green Tunnel Podcast have some fantastic new stories on the history of the Trail. Featuring interviews with hikers in the wild, people who take care of the Trail, historians, authors, and many others, this season offers new perspectives on America’s oldest and most iconic long-distance hiking trail. Learn more and listen to the season two trailer by clicking here.

Reserve Your 2023 Appalachian Trail Calendar Today – Enjoy a daily reminder of the A.T. — make a donation of $75 or more by November 1 to receive this calendar in addition to ATC membership benefits.

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Happy Trails!

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