Appalachian National Scenic Trail

What To Do In Shenandoah National Park Now: Take A Hike Into The Landscape

It's mid-September, and while the temps are still almost summerish, the trees know fall is right around the corner, and that's a great reason to head to Shenandoah National Park now.

Heavy Rains Causing Problems For National Park Units In And Around Washington, D.C.

Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.

Meet Billy Jones, Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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What does an Appalachian Trail ridgerunner actually do? And what are the attractions to this seasonal job? Meet Billy Jones, ridgerunner in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Grandma Gatewood Grandma Gatewood, the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail by herself, is an icon of the hiking community. A new book, Grandma Gatewood's Walk, is an inspiring and compelling read.

Essential Paddling Guide: Keeping Our Paddling Waters Clean And Healthy

We look to national park vacations as a healthy lifestyle ingredient, one filled with fun, laughter, and lasting memories. Not on our agendas is worrying about mercury in the fish we pull from mountain streams, droughts that would beach our boats, or industrial and agricultural pollution that impairs the very waters we enjoy in the parks. Sadly, those issues aren’t foreign to the National Park System.

Appalachian Trail Hikers Suggested To Detour Around Transmission Line Construction At Delaware Water Gap NRA

When was the last time you were hiking down the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and had to detour around a construction project? That scenario will be the case for the rest of February in one section of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

New Study Finds Many Appalachian Trail Hikers Are Unable To Identify Key Sign Of Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a common and serious tick-borne illness that can be difficult to diagnose, and both early recognition of infection and prompt treatment are important. Unfortunately, a new study says many hikers on the Appalachian Trail are unable to recognize one of the key indicators that an individual may have contracted the illness.

Trail Magic Will Be Flowing Friday In Honor Of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, A.T.

A little Trail Magic will be flowing, quite literally, Friday as the Nantahala Brewing Co. celebrates the season, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

International Mountain Bicycling Association Wants Access To National Scenic Trails

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is running a campaign to gain access to national scenic trails, such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and is being opposed by the American Hiking Society.

Meet Wendy Janssen, Superintendent Of The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Wendy Janssen is the new superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Danny Bernstein talk to Ms. Janssen about the highlight of her NPS career and what she sees as the challenges of the A.T.

North Carolina Legislature Retains Specialty Plates For Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Trail

NC Smokies plate
The North Carolina Legislature passed a law that now authorizes the use of full-color specialty license plates. This money is used to support several national parks in the state.

NPCA Official Selected To Lead The Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Ron Tipton, whose resume reflects a career spent on advocating for the outdoors, has been chosen to lead the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as its executive director.

Man Sentenced In Connection With Damage To Max Patch Bald On Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Earlier this year we told you about a flagrant act of vandalism along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, where someone went crazy on all-terrain vehicles on the Max Patch bald along the Tennessee-North Carolina line. Now we can tell you a man has been convicted of vandalism in connection with the incident and sentenced to three months in jail.

Reader Participation Day: Which Historic Person Would You Take Hiking In The National Parks?

Which historic person would you take on a hike in a national park?

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Again Looking For An Executive Director

In what has to be a surprising development, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is once again looking for an executive director and chief executive officer, as Mark Wenger, on board for just 18 months, is leaving at the end of the month.

Goats Do Roam The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Goat from the Baatany project
On the Appalachian Trail, goats keep the balds bald. Hikers can see the goats on Roan Mountain and adopt one.
Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph Called Again is the story of how Jennifer Pharr Davis broke the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. It's an honest book and good read of love and triumph.

America’s Premier Hut System is 125 Years Old—A Classic Appalachian Trail Adventure

America’s premier hut system is 125 years old this year. Scattered for 56 miles along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in New Hampshire, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s system of 8 huts and two major lodges are all about a day’s hike apart. “This is an AT adventure of the first order,” says Rob Burbank, of the Appalachian Mountain Club. “Imagine an opportunity to hike one of the most rugged and spectacular sections of the Appalachian Trail with just a tooth brush in your pack!”

A Walk In The Woods - Talk About A Movie Again?

A Walk in the Woods was the most popular book about the Appalachian Trail. Now talks are reviving again that Robert Redford will star in the movie. Will it happen this time?

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference Meets In Western North Carolina

cars on Lake Shore Trail
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference will meet in Western North Carolina in July. Over a thousand people will join in hikes, workshops and excursions. Registration opens April 15.

War Veterans Walking The Appalachian National Scenic Trail To "Walk Off The War"

It's been proven that spending time in nature helps ground us. To that end, a group of war veterans are heading out on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to "Walk Off the War."

Skiing The Appalachian Trail—Get It While It's Cold: Video And Feature

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a great destination for cross country skiers—especially right now as the latest storm dumps more snow on the AT from North Carolina to New England. The AT only seems to be about summer. Backcountry ski enthusiasts—get out there!

ATV-Riding Vandals Carve Up Max Patch On The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

View from Max Patch
Max Patch, a beloved bald on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, has been hit by vandals on ATVs. While many are wondering why the ATVers felt they had to ride there, others are working to repair the damage.

New Superintendent For Appalachian National Scenic Trail Comes From Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

The new superintendent for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail comes from Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, where she has been superintendent for the past four years.

Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A man intending to hike roughly 30 miles along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been found dead at the park's Tricorner Knob Shelter.

The Kids Are Alright: Discovering National Parks Through Service

America’s kids are suffering from “nature deficit disorder” and that includes national parks. As the National Park Service closes its first century, park proponents across the country are trying to get young people engaged in parks and their preservation. It’s a big challenge, but not all of the news is bad. One university town in North Carolina is showing how proximity to national parks invites newbies into involvement.

Conservation Groups Head To Court In Bid to Halt Transmission Line Through National Park System

In a bid to stop enlargement of a transmission corridor through three units of the National Park System, a coalition of conservation groups has asked a federal judge to halt the project.

Creature Feature: Some Squirrels Really Can Fly

Humans weren't the only ones stocking up for a feast this month. Flying squirrels, which call a number of national parks home, have been busy with their own meals with winter coming.

Do You Read AT Journeys?

Growing up in New Jersey, the Appalachian Trail was a short distance from home, and I took advantage of that proximity. Now, more than half-way across the country from the famous foot path, I seldom see it. Fortunately, there is AT Journeys.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Superintendent Honored With Stephen T. Mather Award From NPCA

Pam Underhill, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, has been honored with the Stephen T. Mather conservation award from the National Parks Conservation Association.
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