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The Homeplace Restaurant Closes Permanently

The Homeplace Restaurant Closes Permanently

The Homeplace Restaurant, a thru-hiker favorite in Catawba, VA, is shutting down permanently after a 10-month closure amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing satisfies hiker hunger like an

May 27, 2021 : Tina Mullen
ATC to Resume 2000-Miler Program, Says Thru-Hikes Now “Safer”

ATC to Resume 2000-Miler Program, Says Thru-Hikes Now “Safer”

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced on Tuesday that "long-distance hiking on the A.T. is now considered to be a safer activity." The Conservancy will recognize thru-hikers and

May 12, 2021 : Kelly Floro
AT Killer James Jordan Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

AT Killer James Jordan Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

James Jordan, the Massachusetts man who killed an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and seriously wounded another in a May 2019 attack, has been ruled not guilty in connection with that case...

Apr 26, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Activist Locks Herself to Crane, Blocking Mountain Valley Pipeline

Activist Locks Herself to Crane, Blocking Mountain Valley Pipeline

Yesterday, construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in Newport, Virginia was slowed when an activist locked herself to construction equipment. Alice Elliot, with Appalachians Against

Apr 21, 2021 : Tina Mullen
ATC Rejects Mountain Valley Pipeline Opponents’ Request to See $19.5 Million Agreement

ATC Rejects Mountain Valley Pipeline Opponents’ Request to See $19.5 Million Agreement

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy this week denied a request to release the full text of its August 2020 "voluntary stewardship agreement" with Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, the company overseeing

Feb 24, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
As Trail Days Moves Forward, Hikers Wonder About Safety

As Trail Days Moves Forward, Hikers Wonder About Safety

The town of Damascus, Virginia is tentatively moving forward with plans to host its annual Trail Days festival this summer, despite the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) calls for thru-hikers to

Feb 17, 2021 : Tina Mullen
ATC Reveals Further Details of $19.5M Pipeline Agreement

ATC Reveals Further Details of $19.5M Pipeline Agreement

Facing criticism and questions on social media, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has provided more details about its August 2020 decision to sign a “voluntary conservation stewardship agreement”

Feb 16, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Brood X Cicadas to Emerge on Appalachian Trail After 17 Years

Brood X Cicadas to Emerge on Appalachian Trail After 17 Years

This May, billions of periodical cicadas will emerge from the soil in the eastern United States after 17 years underground, including in Appalachian Trail states from Georgia to New Jersey....

Feb 15, 2021 : Tina Mullen
Who Was “Mostly Harmless”? Identity of Deceased Hiker Uncovered

Who Was “Mostly Harmless”? Identity of Deceased Hiker Uncovered

After years of investigation by authorities and amateur online sleuths, the identity of the deceased Appalachian Trail hiker known by the trail name "Mostly Harmless" has been uncovered. According to

Jan 28, 2021 : Tina Mullen
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