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Ensuring the Trail's Future

Our work is focused on the protection and stewardship of the Appalachian Trail.


Contagious Love

Sonu moved from India to start a business in Virginia. There she found an unstoppable crew and an unquenchable love for the Trail.

Expore the Trail Banner Alex Harps

Find a Hike that's Perfect for You

Learn more about the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Explore the A.T., find shelters, locate parking and more.

Protecting the A.T. Experience - Current Issues

Mountain Valley Pipeline Simulation

Mountain Valley Pipeline will have Devastating Impacts on the A.T.

​The Appalachian Trail Conservancy ​is strongly opposed to the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project, which would cause irreversible damage to several sections of the Appalachian Trail and surrounding areas.

Janet Steinert in Maine

Anticipating Climate Change and its Impacts on the Appalachian Trail

The health and sustainability of the Appalachian Trail is threatened by climate change. Impacts include more frequent droughts, more severe storms, increased risk of forest fires and more.

Hikers in the Roan Highlands along the Appalachian Trail

Calling for Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Your voice is critical to ensuring that LWCF will continue to permanently open access to America’s public lands and protect the places where Americans go to enjoy the great outdoors. Tell Congress to reauthorize the Fund now!


Take a walk with our official blog

Harpers Ferry — Flip Floppers Heading North

Catch You on the Flip Side: The Thru-Hike Experience As Told by 2016 Flip Floppers

We asked a group of 2016 flip flop thru-hikers to tell us more about their experiences on the Appalachian Trail.

Boiling Springs Fire

More Than Fire: The effects of the Southeast wildfires on the Appalachian Trail community

To get a full picture of how the 2016 wildfires fires affected the Appalachian Trail, author Jim Fetig made a whirlwind trip in December throughout the Southeast to assess the damage, both physically and economically, to the Trail and its surrounding communities.

Outdoor Afro at the ATC

A Hike Through History: Following the Path of the Underground Railroad

In October 2016, a group of seven African-American outdoor enthusiasts embarked on a four-day backpacking trip on the A.T. to retrace the journeys of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad through the Appalachian Mountains.




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