Appalachian Trail Festivals — 2018
Southern Ruck, Wesser, N.C. — Jan. 12-14
NO Ruck, Bears Den Hostel, Bluemont, Va. — Jan. 26-28
A.T. KickOff — March 2-4
Dahlonega Trail Fest in Dahlonega, Ga. — March
Franklin's Trail Days in Franklin, N.C. — April
Trailfest, Hot Springs, N.C. — April
A.T. Museum Hall of Fame banquet, Allenberry Resort, Boiling Springs, Pa. — May 4
Trail Days, Damascus, Va. — May 18-20
National Trails Day — June 6
A.T. Museum National Trail Days Programs — June 6
Trail's End Festival, Millinocket, Maine — Sept. 14-16
ALDHA West Gathering — Oct 12-14
37th ALDHA Gathering, Shippensburg University — Oct. 12-15
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 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 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.
The ATC'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.
Its vision is to connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy. The ATC is committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and inspiration. It strives to create an ever-expanding community of doers and dreamers, and works to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.
The Appalachian Trail Museum Society serves the Appalachian Trail community by telling the stories of the founding, construction, preservation, maintenance, protection, and enjoyment of the Trail since its creation. The Museum will collect, preserve, and interpret materials relevant to these subjects in an effort to portray not only the history of the Trail, but also the essence of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual human experience of the Appalachian environment and the culture of hiking.
Friends of ALDHA
The International Appalachian Trail
Walkin' Jim Stoltz -- Forever Wild
The Earl Shaffer Foundation
The Katahdin Art Project
Friends of Baxter State Park
The National Scenic Trails
Alabama Hiking Trail Society
The Georgia club's Web site, with maps of the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail.
Nantahala Hiking Club
The Nantahala club maintains about 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Nantahala National Forest, N.C.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
Members maintain the A.T. through Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carloina and Tennessee.
Carolina Mountain Club
The CMC covers the stretch of the A.T. from Davenport Gap north to Spivey Gap, Tenn.
Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club
The Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club maintains 127 miles on the Appalachian Trail.
Mount Rogers A.T. Club
The group maintains from Damascus, Va., to Va. Route 670, just north of Trimpi shelter.
Piedmont A.T. Hikers
Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers, or PATH, is based in North Carolina and maintains a stretch of trail in Virginia.
Virginia Tech Outing Club
Club members in Blacksburg, Va., maintain about 30 miles from Garden Mountain to Lickskillet Hollow.
Roanoke A.T. Club
This club oversees the A.T. from Lickskillet Hollow to Blackhorse Gap, about 131 miles.
Natural Bridge A.T. Club
The group that maintains 88 miles of the A.T. around Peaks of Otter is now on the Internet.
Tidewater A.T. Club
The Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club has jumped into Web waters with its own page.
Old Dominion A.T. Club
This group maintains from Reeds Gap to Rockfish Gap in Virginia, a run of about 17 miles.
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
PATC's home page is quite the audio-visual wonder. You can also read their newsletter.
Mountain Club of Maryland
Members maintain the stretch from Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pa., to the Susquehanna River.
Keystone Trails Association
The KTA in Pennsylvania is the umbrella organization that covers a number of different hiking clubs.
Cumberland Valley A.T. Club
One of the newest clubs, this group oversees the Cumberland Valley and what is left of the old road walk.
Batona Hiking Club
This Philadelphia-based group maintains 8.6 miles from Fox Gap at Pa. 191 to Wind Gap, Pa.
Allentown Hiking Club
From Tri-County Corner to Bake Oven Knob, this club maintains about 12 miles of trail.
Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
They do maintain a good chunk of trail from Rausch Creek to Lehigh Furnace in Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Trail Club
This group covers the ridgeline from Lehigh Furnace Gap to Little Gap, about 10.2 miles.
Delaware Valley Chapter, AMC
Hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing and other activities of this active chapter.
York Hiking Club
This club maintains a short stretch from Pa. Route 443 south to the Susquehanna River.
Wilmington Trail Club
Members maintain the A.T. from Fox Gap to Delaware Water Gap, a distance of about 7 miles.
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Now based in New Jersey, this club maintains the A.T. through two states, from the Delaware River to the Connecticut border.
AMC - Connecticut Chapter
The Connecticut chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, which goes from New York to Sages Ravine.
AMC - Berkshire Chapter
The Western Massachusetts branch of the AMC maintains the A.T. through the Bay State.
Green Mountain Club
Based in Vermont, the GMC maintains the fabled Long Trail, including the 100 or so miles that carry the A.T.
Dartmouth Outing Club
This legendary group of students, alumni and area residents maintain unique shelters and privies along 76 miles of trail.
Appalachian Mountain Club
AMC maintains a wide variety of hiking trails through its various chapters, including in the Whites, Delaware Valley, Mass., Conn. and Maine.
The Randolph Mountain Club
This club promotes the enjoyment of the Randolph, N.H., area and is the newest addition to the ATC's trail maintaining clubs.
The Maine A.T. Club
The club has posted its official home page, complete with photos, updates, and other news.
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