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Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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How can you stop the destruction of an iconic Appalachian mountain, along with the history, culture, and memories it created? Ask Jay Leutze, who found the answer with the help of a 14-year-old named Ashley.

We are proud to present "Standing Tall", the fourth short film in the #myATstory series. For more behind-the-scenes, including additional interviews and photos, visit
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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Thats nice
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Have IT experience and a love for the #AppalachianTrail? We are currently searching for an IT Project Manager to join our Harpers Ferry team! Click here for more info:
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Want to know more about working on an #AppalachianTrail crew? Check out our interviews with several 2016 Rocky Top Crew members, stars of the #myATstory video "Trail Angels" —

Looking for ways to give back to the #AT? Visit to discover opportunities near you.
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More and more people are discovering the perks of a #flipflop #thruhike on the #appalachiantrail — check out this article at highlighting why you may want to forego a traditional northbound/southbound hike yourself:

#AT2017 hikers: are you attempting a flip-flop thru-hike this year? Why or why not?
Flip-flopping was an amazing strategy for my Appalachian Trail hike. Here's why it's a great option.
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I wonder if the forced closure of Katahdin is a good thing or a bad one?
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Congrats and many thanks to our December Volunteer of the Month: Doug DeJarnette of the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club! Read more about Doug's awesome work here:
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Starting a family will bring big changes to your life, but it doesn't mean you have to give up your #hiking adventures. REI shares how one family adapted to share the #outdoors with their new arrival.
Matt and Agnes slowed their pace when finding out they were expecting and now are excited to start and continue their outdoor family lifestyle.
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Your voice makes a difference! See how a small grassroots movement led to the creation of one of the most iconic stops on the #AppalachianTrail — the White Mountain National Forest:
In March, NFF friend and author, Char Miller, released a beautiful coffee table book called America's Great National Forests, Wildernesses and Grasslands. We are pleased to be able to excerpt several of Miller's thoughtful essays in a new blog series we're calling: “In-Depth: America's Forests from Past ...
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A healthy #hiker is a happy hiker! A few hygiene and safety tips for your next #AppalachianTrail adventure:

Photo by Jaala Spencer.
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Hey Ed, this is from the White Mountains somewhere between Mount Pierce and Mount Franklin
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Join us Tuesday for our next #myATstory video: "Standing Tall." How far would you go to protect something you love?
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Art and the #AppalachianTrail collide! Check out "Mile 806," an exhibit in Lynchburg, VA featuring A.T. #hiker photos, shelter journals, and other celebrations of the Trail:
While most photos of the Appalachian Trail focus on the natural beauty that encompasses the 2,190-mile route, Parker Michels-Boyce and Chet Strange took a different approach with “Mile 806,” a
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Can you separate the hiker from their environment?
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The choice is yours! Vote for your favorite story during Round Three of the #myATstory Contest by visiting Check out this awesome photo entry by Krystian Repolona!

Have an inspiring #AppalachianTrail story to share? Enter the contest at for your chance to win awesome #backpacking prizes! Only one round remains, so make sure to submit your story by January 31.
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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
This is the official page for information on the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Help to protect and maintain the Appalachian Trail by becoming a proud supporter! Visit
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), established in 1925, is a national not-for-profit corporation that is both a confederation of the 31 local organizations with assignments to maintain the Appalachian Trail and a membership organization with support from all 50 states and more than 15 other countries. Under agreements that date back to the 1930s, buttressed by federal legislation in 1968 and 1978, ATC leads a cooperative-management system for the Trail that equals the National Park Service and USDS Forest Service at national, regional, and district levels, a variety of agencies in 14 states, a few other federal agencies, and even some county and town agencies.

That “management” charge for more than 250,000 acres of public lands extends far beyond enhancing the user’s experience and keeping the footpath open and facilities safe—to safeguarding the boundaries and monitoring the health of hundreds of rare, threatened, and endangered species between the Trail and the corridor’s edge. Details on this multifaceted work can be found throughout this site.

Our mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Our vision is to connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy. We are committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and inspiration. We strive to create an ever-expanding community of doers and dreamers, and work to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.
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799 Washington Street Harpers Ferry, WV 25425