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ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) indicated in a post on January 21st that they will not issue hangtags or recognize thru-hikes while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging. "We do...

Jan 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Yellow Finch Tree Sitters Continue to Defy Mountain Valley Pipeline

Yellow Finch Tree Sitters Continue to Defy Mountain Valley Pipeline

Sitting high in the trees in Montgomery County, Virginia, the tree sitters off Yellow Finch Lane are in their 853rd day of blockading construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)...

Jan 4, 2021 : Tina Mullen
Now You Can Own an Authentic Baxter State Park Trail Sign

Now You Can Own an Authentic Baxter State Park Trail Sign

If you're hunting for the ultimate Appalachian Trail souvenir, you may be in luck. Friends of Baxter State Park is auctioning decommissioned trail signs from some of the Park's most iconic

Nov 29, 2020 : The Editors
ATC Urges 2021 Hikers to Take Precautions, Consider Alternatives

ATC Urges 2021 Hikers to Take Precautions, Consider Alternatives

In an open letter to 2021 trail users, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on Thursday urged long-distance hikers to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during their hikes. As...

Nov 13, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Top of Georgia Hiker Hostel to Reopen as Around the Bend

Top of Georgia Hiker Hostel to Reopen as Around the Bend

The iconic AT hostel Top of Georgia, which closed its doors in May 2019, is reopening under new ownership with the name Around the Bend. Gordon and Lisa Simmons purchased...

Nov 5, 2020 : Kelly Floro
DNA Sequencing Could Help ID Hiker Found Dead in 2018

DNA Sequencing Could Help ID Hiker Found Dead in 2018

Authorities and amateur sleuths are hoping cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology will soon provide a breakthrough in the mysterious case of Mostly Harmless, a backpacker who was found dead in his

Nov 3, 2020 : Kelly Floro
[Updated] Man Found Dead at Baxter Peak in Third Katahdin SAR Incident This Week

[Updated] Man Found Dead at Baxter Peak in Third Katahdin SAR Incident This Week

10/13/2020 update: The hiker deceased hiker found at Baxter Peak has now been identified as Nathan Leigh Bell of Walkersville, MD. A man was found dead at the summit of...

Oct 9, 2020 : Kelly Floro
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
ATC Updates Planning for Return to Appalachian Trail, Reminds Hikers to Stay Home

ATC Updates Planning for Return to Appalachian Trail, Reminds Hikers to Stay Home

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued an update on its work to provide a safe return for hikers to the Appalachian Trail, while reminding them they should stay off the trail...

May 11, 2020 : Hugh Owen
ATC Requests Appalachian Trail Closed Until 4/30

ATC Requests Appalachian Trail Closed Until 4/30

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 29 of the 31 AT maintaining clubs in early April asked the federal government to close the entire Appalachian Trail until April 30 because of...

Apr 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian