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ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

May 20, 2020; 2:30 p.m. MST: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has released updated guidelines for Appalachian Trail users, including day hikers, overnight hikers, and prospective 2020

May 20, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
A List of Appalachian Trail Shuttles Available to Help Hikers Get off the Trail

A List of Appalachian Trail Shuttles Available to Help Hikers Get off the Trail

In light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, we've compiled a list of shuttle drivers and services that are still available to assist Appalachian Trail hikers as they leave the trail....

Mar 30, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Hiking in the Age of Coronavirus: What to Consider

Hiking in the Age of Coronavirus: What to Consider

(Updated 2:41 p.m. ET, March 19) On March 11, Barney and Sandy Mann—aka Scout and Frodo—sent an email notifying hikers who had signed up for their hostel and shuttling service...

Mar 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
What You Need to Know About the Appalachian Trail Kickoff

What You Need to Know About the Appalachian Trail Kickoff

The Appalachian Trail Kickoff, or ATKO, is an annual event held in early March. This event has been going on for 18 years, and continues to get better and better...

Feb 25, 2020 : Stacia Bennett
How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

So you’ve got all this gear ready to go… but now what? While out backpacking, everything that you need is carried on your back, in this pack. You’ll pack and...

Feb 18, 2020 : Effie Drew
Wisdom from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part I

Wisdom from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part I

Two couples and one solo hiker chime in with their thoughts on resourcefulness, gear, and what you need to finish a thru-hike. Everyone's answer is a little different, but that's...

Feb 9, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
The Case for Bear Canisters on the Appalachian Trail

The Case for Bear Canisters on the Appalachian Trail

Incidents of bears obtaining food from AT campsites are increasing. Several campsites in the mid-Atlantic have been closed, and a bear that frequently visited an AT campsite was euthanized in ...

Feb 6, 2020 : Cosmo
16 Things 2020 Thru-Hikers Need to Know

16 Things 2020 Thru-Hikers Need to Know

It’s that time of year again! Hikers around the globe are crossing the last pieces of gear off their list, finalizing mail drops, and making plans to head toward the...

Dec 23, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Appalachian Trail State Profile: Maine

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Maine

Two hundred and eighty-two miles of adventure are sandwiched between New Hampshire’s Mount Success and Katahdin, the revered Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Many hikers consider Maine to

Dec 4, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Appalachian Trail State Profile: New Hampshire

Appalachian Trail State Profile: New Hampshire

Somewhere in the vast green forest of New Hampshire, the Appalachian Trail steals across a small stream called Oliverian Brook, which snakes through a notch of the same name. This...

Nov 21, 2019 : Kelly Floro