The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association began in 1983 as an off-trail family of fellow hikers and friends of the trail who’ve all shared similar experiences, hopes and dreams on the Appalachian Trail and other trails. Membership is open to all, regardless of whether you’ve hiked from Georgia to Maine, or just walked from your car to a trailhead.

ALDHA is a nonprofit corporation registered in New Hampshire. Our mailing address is ALDHA, 10 Benning St, PMB 224, West Lebanon, NH 03784. Our email is info@aldha.org.

Members get together each fall for the Gathering, where folks share their experiences through workshops and slides. In 2023, it will be held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, in Abingdon, VA, Oct. 6-9. To find out more, please visit the Gathering page.

In addition to the Gathering, ALDHA sponsors or cosponsors trail work trips that always include a post-Gathering expedition. The work trips provide long-distance hikers with a means of giving back to the trails they hike.

Besides work weekends, ALDHA has taken an active role in trying to address other trail-related issues, including the issue of backpacker etiquette and the institution of new backpacker fees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Dennis Newton, Coordinator
Vacant, Assistant Coordinator
Jill Byrd, Treasurer
Penny Vann, Recording Secretary
Joe Gleason, Membership Secretary
Andy Boyes
David Chandler
Beth Ritter-Guth
John Jordan
Chris Marshburn
Robert Palermo



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