Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Stay On Top Of Your Favorite National Park: Join A Friends Group or Foundation

What's a great way to stay on top of your favorite national park -- aside from reading the Traveler? Join its friends group, foundation, or natural history association.

Plan to come to the Appalachian Trail Festival and Biennial Meeting In July

Every two years, Appalachian Trail hikers, enthusiasts, supporters, and conservationists get together at an Appalachian Trail Festival and Biennial Meeting. What actually happens at an A.T. Festival and who attends?

Hall Of Fame Coming For Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Who do you think merits inclusion in a hall of fame rising up to honor those with ties to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail?

Books We've Read, And Liked, in 2010

There were quite a few books relating to national parks that arrived in 2010, and while we didn't get to read them all, the ones we did we liked. Here's a look back at our Fireside Reads from the year.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Discusses Speed Hiking, Long-Distance Hiking, And Youth in the Outdoors

For some, hiking can be addicting. For Jennifer Pharr Davis, it became both an avocation and her vocation.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Grows by Roughly 2 Miles

Note to all you mile-conscious Appalachian Trail thru-hikers: Your trail data book is out-of-date. Latest measurements show the foot path is now 2,180 miles on the dot, up nearly 2 miles from 2009's length.

Appalachian Mountain Club Pursues Sustainable Forestry In Northern Maine

Should controversy surround the decision by the Appalachian Mountain Club to pursue sustainable logging in northern Maine? A group pushing to see the area designated as a national park is furious over the club's move.
Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail From Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail rambles for 2,175 miles, a journey alluring to some for its back-to-nature demands on those who set out to hike end-to-end. But this simple footpath opens windows into yourself, and others, as Jennifer Pharr Davis found out during a solo thru-hike.

Comments Show Opposition And Support For New Power Line Corridor Across Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

As National Park Service officials settle down to draft an Environmental Impact Statement on a proposal for a larger transmission line corridor across Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, they'll take with them a large number of public comments expressing support for, and opposition to, the idea.

Mennonite Women Backpacking and Bears Falling in Shenandoah National Park

Fall is a spectacular season to hike in Shenandoah National Park. Reds, golds, greens and browns are dappling the hillsides, deer are on the move, and, if your timing is excellent, bears are falling from the trees and Mennonite women are backpacking along the Appalachian Trail.

Reader Participation Day: Help Us Name the Best Adventures In the National Park System, Lower 48 Edition

What are the best adventures in the National Park System in the Lower 48? For sure, three weeks floating the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park has to be one, and climbing the Grand Teton in its namesake park is another. But then what?

Another Week Added to Transmission Line EIS Comment Period at Delaware Water Gap NRA

Another week has been added to collect public comment on a study into a proposal to substantially upgrade a transmission power corridor that crosses the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.

Park Service Says No Predetermined Outcome With Transmission Project at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

In a move to counter whispers, National Park Service officials have issued a statement that they have not developed a predetermined position on a power transmission line a company wants to run through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.

Snow Impedes Blind Hiker on Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Another Blind Hiker Targets Pacific Crest Trail

A blind hiker who set off last month to go end-to-end on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has had to reorganize his trek due to heavy snows and ice in the Smokies of North Carolina. Meanwhile, another visually impaired hiker is set on conquering the Pacific Crest Trail.

Updated: Effort In Maine To Restrict Guns From National Park Units Falls Short of Goal

A concerted effort in Maine to draw the line on national park visitors arming themselves has fallen short of the original goal. But the measure Gov. John Baldacci signed this week will at least outlaw open carry in Acadia National Park.

Though Revered As America's Iconic Long-Distance Trail, the Appalachian Trail Could Use Some Help

The focus of many long-distance hikers' dreams, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail can be a life-long end-to-end goal ... or a weekend outing. It knits together both a slice of Americana, and a society of folks who set off in search of adventure.
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The Joys of Maintaining the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

My husband, Lenny, and I have been maintaining a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail for more than 20 years, first in New York State and now on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. For the last eight years, we’ve been the proud adopted parents of 4.9 miles from Devils Fork Gap to Rice Gap located north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and south of Hot Springs, North Carolina.

Groups Argue Against Transmission Line Proposal for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Transmission-line corridors sprouting 200-foot-tall towers should not be permitted within the National Park System, according to a coalition of groups opposing such a corridor through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.
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Blind Hiker Plans to Hike The Entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Hundreds of hikers set out along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia, come springtime with sights set on reaching Mount Kathadin in Maine before summer expires. But how many are blind?

Public Comment Period On Transmission Lines at Delaware Water Gap NRA, Appalachian Trail Extended

High public interest has prompted the superintendents of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River and National Recreation Water Trail to extend by a week the public comment period on a proposal to run a transmission line across the areas.

Power Line Debate at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Highlights National Issues

A classic battle between utility companies and environmental groups at Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area is the latest example of similar issues all across the country. This debate is over a proposed major "upgrade" of existing power lines that cross the park, and public meetings will be held this week. You can also comment from afar if you're interested.

Corps of Engineers Rules Against Road Tunneling Beneath the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided not to allow the North Carolina Transportation Department to build a four-lane highway beneath a stretch of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
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Road Proposal Stirs Controversy Along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

In the spring of 1948, Pennsylvania native Earl Shaffer stumbled into Stecoah Gap on the Appalachian Trail, high above the Little Tennessee River in western North Carolina’s Graham County. “I must have been a pathetic figure,” he wrote later in his memoirs, “streaming with sweat, bleeding from scratches, every muscle aching, crawling endlessly in a back-slipping, bush-clutching struggle before coming out on top.”

Appalachian Trail Visitation Study Has Breakthrough Implications for Linear Park Visitor Tallies

Survey researchers are testing and tweaking new procedures for obtaining Appalachian Trail visitation estimates. The new methodology should yield much more defensible visitation tallies for trails and linear parks with numerous backcountry access points.

Winter: The Perfect Time To Plan Your Long-Distance Trek Along National Scenic Trails

Winter is a season for planning. How better to pass some of those long, cold, snowy nights than before the fire or a the kitchen table with guidebooks and maps, calculators and checklists? And if you’re thinking of tackling one of the country’s long-distance hiking trails, planning is definitely not over-rated. Here’s a look at some of the trails that pass through parts of the National Park System, and what planning assistance is out there.

Programming Note: National Geographic Channel Explores the Appalachian Trail Tonight

Sorry for the late programming note, but just got word that the National Geographic Channel will explore the Appalachian National Scenic Trail tonight.

Have You Seen the National Trails System Map?

The Park Service’s National Trails System Map can serve you well, but be aware of its limitations.

Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice arrived early this morning. Now we’ll experience the longest day, the shortest night, and perhaps a spate of naked hiking.

Lightning Strike Injures Four Appalachian Trail Hikers

Four people were injured by lightning last Sunday while hiking on the Appalachian Trail near Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

National Park Quiz 50: Wilderness

This week’s quiz deals with wilderness in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you memorize the entire list of designated wildernesses.
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