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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
Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

A how-to into not getting stuck with a crummy trail name by taking back the power to name yourself.

Oct 26, 2021 : Sara Leibold
Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Try not to act too surprised when I say this: hiking the Appalachian Trail is pretty hard. Over 4,000 people attempt to thru-hike the AT annually, but the Appalachian Trail...

Oct 25, 2021 : Kelly Floro
All Katahdin Trails Closed Until At Least December 1st

All Katahdin Trails Closed Until At Least December 1st

Baxter State Park announced on Wednesday that all Katahdin and Traveler trails will be closed at the trailhead through at least December 1st. "Shin-deep snow has obscured trail markings and

Oct 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
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
How I Found Food Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

How I Found Food Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

I rest on the edge of a cliff in northern Virginia, spread avocado onto a smushed slice of bread, and watch as a bird gracefully soars above the valley. I...

Oct 14, 2021 : Hannah Charlson
Trail Correspondents S3 Episode #7 | Wildcard II

Trail Correspondents S3 Episode #7 | Wildcard II

Because our prompts can often leave the juiciest trail stories uncovered, this season, we have built-in even more wildcard episodes, where our correspondents muse on whatever is most inspiring to

Oct 13, 2021 : The Editors
Why February Is the Best Month To Start the Appalachian Trail

Why February Is the Best Month To Start the Appalachian Trail

Everyone wants to hit Springer in March, but I'm here to tell you to consider starting the AT in February instead. Will it be colder? Will it be quieter? Probably,...

Oct 11, 2021 : Kelly Floro
My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Many people daydream about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, but few actually take action with their plans. Taking that leap from "I want to hike" to "I'm 100% committed to hiking"...

Oct 6, 2021 : Max Kiel