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As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As thousands of aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hikers began their trek north from Georgia in 2019, they were joined by a new breed of hiker—trail ambassadors who serve as role models...

Sep 11, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, a popular spot for countless thru-hikers and others, has been closed because it is considered no longer safe for overnight

Sep 5, 2019 : Hugh Owen
AT Hikers Now Required to Use Bear Containers, Bear Hangs in Most of Vermont

AT Hikers Now Required to Use Bear Containers, Bear Hangs in Most of Vermont

The Green Mountain National Forest, which includes an Appalachian Trail shelter where a bear was killed after raiding hikers' food, is now requiring all food to be stored in bear-resistant...

Jul 12, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Updates Online Safety Reporting Site

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Updates Online Safety Reporting Site

In the aftermath of the brutal killing on the Appalachian Trail in May, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has spelled out clearly steps that hikers can take to report potential dangers....

Jun 7, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Katahdin Trails Will Open June 15; Baxter Park Warns of Wet Conditions

Katahdin Trails Will Open June 15; Baxter Park Warns of Wet Conditions

The Hunt/Appalachian Trail on Mount Katahdin, the Northern Terminus of the AT, will open Saturday, June 15, enabling SOBO hikers to begin their long-awaited journey from Katahdin to Springer

May 27, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Celebrate the AT at the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival on June 15

Celebrate the AT at the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival on June 15

The Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival is a celebration of the AT, outdoor opportunities, and Round Hill’s new designation by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as an AT community. The festival

May 20, 2019 : Jenna Duesterhoeft
Slain Hiker Identified, Details Emerge About Appalachian Trail Attack

Slain Hiker Identified, Details Emerge About Appalachian Trail Attack

43-year-old Ronald Sanchez was stabbed to death in the early-morning hours of Saturday, May 11th. The accused is 30-year-old James Jordan. Jordan is currently facing charges of murder and assault

May 15, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
UPDATE: AT Hiker Pleads Guilty after Reports of Threats on the Trail

UPDATE: AT Hiker Pleads Guilty after Reports of Threats on the Trail

UPDATE: (8:35 a.m. ET April 26) The Appalachian Trail hiker accused of threatening other hikers on the trail has pleaded guilty to several charges after being arrested on the trail...

Apr 22, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Fifth Annual Appalachian Trail Flip-Flop Festival Scheduled for April 27-28

Fifth Annual Appalachian Trail Flip-Flop Festival Scheduled for April 27-28

The 5th annual Flip Flop Festival will once again see Appalachian Trail thru-hiker hopefuls off as they begin their hike across the Appalachian Mountains. The festival will be held Saturday, April

Mar 21, 2019 : Alexandria Cremer
Don’t Forget to Register Your 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Don’t Forget to Register Your 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Attention all aspiring 2019 thru-hikers—don't forget to register your thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC's) form, including start date and location. Register Here Registration is

Jan 17, 2019 : The Editors