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Park Service Considers Options for Repairing AT Footbridge at Harpers Ferry

Park Service Considers Options for Repairing AT Footbridge at Harpers Ferry

The Appalachian Trail footbridge across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry remains closed to hikers as the National Park Service assesses the damage and considers how to pay for repairs....

Jan 20, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Top of Georgia Hostel on AT Has Been Sold; Future Uncertain

Top of Georgia Hostel on AT Has Been Sold; Future Uncertain

Top of Georgia Hiking Center, an Appalachian Trail icon for years, has been sold, and the property's future is uncertain. Jan Simony with Mountain Realty in Hiawassee, Georgia, said Monday,...

Jan 5, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Update on the Future of Hiker Heaven

Update on the Future of Hiker Heaven

Jeff and Donna Saufley have created a "Plan B" alternative to selling the Hiker Heaven hostel (located near the Pacific Crest Trail in Agua Dulce, CA)

Dec 24, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020? Don’t Forget to Register Your Hike!

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020? Don’t Forget to Register Your Hike!

Attention all aspiring 2020 thru-hikers—don't forget to register your thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC's) form, which includes your start date and location. Registration is

Dec 23, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Proposed Power Line Expansion Casts Shadow Over AT, Maine Woods

Proposed Power Line Expansion Casts Shadow Over AT, Maine Woods

The battle over a proposed power transmission line is looming large in the Maine North Woods as environmental and sporting groups join towns in the line's path to oppose the...

Dec 8, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Lost Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Located and Rescued in Oregon

Lost Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Located and Rescued in Oregon

PCT thru-hiker Robert Campbell was found by a search team on Friday, October 18, after becoming lost in a snowstorm. He had taken shelter in a pit toilet at an...

Oct 22, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

An Appalachian Trail hiker reported missing earlier this week was found dead Thursday, Oct. 17, near Bear Rocks in Lynn Township, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Police said the body of Michael

Oct 17, 2019 : Hugh Owen
PCTA Releases Updated Permit Regulations, Including Continuous Travel Through the Sierra

PCTA Releases Updated Permit Regulations, Including Continuous Travel Through the Sierra

An October 1 update from the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) has made public several changes for 2020 PCT thru-hiker permits. There is now a limit on southbound permits. Permits...

Oct 7, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
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