Thru-Hiking Culture

The 2021 AT Thru-Hiker Survey is Here!

The 2021 AT Thru-Hiker Survey is Here!

If you, or someone you know, attempted an Appalachian Trail thru-hike this year, you've come to the right place! Each year, we poll the masses of AT hikers to learn...

Oct 26, 2021 : The Editors
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 18

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 18

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb, and national park crowd to finish the AT....

Oct 20, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
9 Unexpected Benefits of Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

9 Unexpected Benefits of Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I went into my Appalachian Trail thru-hike with few expectations other than the hope for a great adventure and a vague idea about "growing as a person" over the course...

Oct 20, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 4

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 4

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb, and national park crowd to finish the AT....

Oct 5, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Is the Appalachian Trail’s Iconic Shelter System Obsolete?

Is the Appalachian Trail’s Iconic Shelter System Obsolete?

The Appalachian Trail has the best-developed shelter system of any long trail in the world. A network of more than 250 primitive lean-tos serves the 2,200-mile footpath, providing gathering places

Sep 29, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Excerpt from Unlost: New AT Memoir by Gail Muller

Excerpt from Unlost: New AT Memoir by Gail Muller

Sometimes, the greatest achievements in our lives are made all the greater because of being told we'd never make it. Because of defying odds and showing our mettle. My story,...

Sep 16, 2021 : Appalachian Gail
Walking Distance #12 | Trail Angels ft. Miss Janet, Rob Firmin & George Mills

Walking Distance #12 | Trail Angels ft. Miss Janet, Rob Firmin & George Mills

In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Janet Hensley, a trail angel on the Appalachian Trail...

Aug 4, 2021 : Jackie Marusiak
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Whether you are a thru-hiker, aspiring hiker, or walk-around-your-block-after-work hiker, if you're reading this post then you must love the sights the AT has to offer.  With thru-hikes in full...

Jul 9, 2021 : Alexa Dunn
Stratton Area Hostel Set to Reopen

Stratton Area Hostel Set to Reopen

The Maine Roadhouse has been renovated and freshly painted with updated flooring and fixtures in an industrial chic/farmhouse style. The bunkhouse features 16 bunks each with 10” mattresses (linens included),...

Jun 22, 2021 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

The past 12 months have been challenging to say the least, especially for those who opt outside for their recreation. But with people finally able to release themselves from their...

Jun 15, 2021 : Katie Houston