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Each A.T. Community is a gateway to your own adventure

A.T. Communities

Explore all of the recreation opportunities, historical landmarks, special events, and more that A.T. Communities have to offer.

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Situated at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers and the Kittatinny Ridge “Flyway”

Duncannon, Pa.

The borough of Duncannon is situated at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers and is well-known for its views from Hawk Rock as well as the friendliness, hospitality and generosity of its residents.

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Boiling Springs gets its name from the natural artesian well springs located in and around the town.

Boiling Springs, Pa.

Boiling Springs gets its name from the natural artesian well springs located in and around the town. Boiling Springs ranks seventh in size of springs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Delaware Water Gap is a borough in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap, the pass through which the Lackawanna Corridor and Interstate 80 run across the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border along the Delaware River.

Delaware Water Gap, Pa.

Delaware Water Gap is a borough in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap, the pass through which the Lackawanna Corridor and Interstate 80 run across the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border along the Delaware River.

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Wind Gap, Pennsylvania is The Gateway to the Poconos

Wind Gap, Pa.

Wind Gap, Pennsylvania is The Gateway to the Poconos

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Greater Blairstown Area Community (GBAC) Partnership (Knowlton, Blairstown, Hardwick, Hope, & Frelinghuysen Townships)

Greater Blairstown Area – Warren County, N.J.

The Greater Blairstown Area Community (GBAC) Partnership (Knowlton, Blairstown, Hardwick, Hope, & Frelinghuysen Townships) is now an official Appalachian Trail Community and the first in the State of New Jersey.

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Hike the A.T. in southeast Dutchess County: 65 miles north of NYC & accessible by public transportation. MetroNorth's Harlem Line stops right on the Trail on weekends

Harlem Valley (Dover & Pawling, NY)

Hike the A.T. in southeast Dutchess County: 65 miles north of NYC & accessible by public transportation. MetroNorth’s Harlem Line stops right on the Trail on weekends.

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Cheshire was first settled in 1766 and officially incorporated in 1793.

Cheshire, Mass.

Cheshire was first settled in 1766 and officially incorporated in 1793.

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Dalton is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Dalton is a transition town between the urban and rural portions of Berkshire County.

Dalton, Mass.

Dalton is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Dalton is a transition town between the urban and rural portions of Berkshire County.

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Great Barrington is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States

Great Barrington, Mass.

Great Barrington is a town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Welcome to the smallest city in Massachusetts!

North Adams, Mass.

Welcome to the smallest city in Massachusetts!

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Tucked into the Green Mountains in the picturesque Battenkill River Valley

Manchester, Vt.

Tucked into the Green Mountains in the picturesque Battenkill River Valley

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Norwich, Vermont is located in Windsor County and has a population of about 3,414. It is located along the Connecticut River

Norwich, Vt.

Norwich, Vermont is located in Windsor County and has a population of about 3,414. It is located along the Connecticut River.

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Trail Town USA

Damascus, Va.

Damascus is known best as Trail Town USA, where seven nationally known trails intersect within our borders, but we are so much more! We are a place of stunning natural beauty, where the hills and peaks of the Appalachian Mountains and the murmuring or our creeks inspire you, whether your calling is outdoor adventure or simply living in an authentic small town.

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America's Coolest Hometown

Marion/Smyth County, Va.

Small Town Pride. Outdoor Recreation. Unique restaurants and shopping. Downtown full of entertainment. America’s Coolest Hometown.

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Trail Town USA

Abingdon, Va.

Located only 12 miles from the Appalachian Trail, Abingdon is nestled in the Blue Ridge Highlands region of the Appalachian Mountains. This area is rich in outdoor recreation with biking, hiking, and fishing. You’ll also find a charming and historic downtown, a thriving local arts scene, farm-to-table restaurants, museums, and great shopping. Plan your next adventure on the Appalachian Trail and stay in Abingdon at www.visitabingdonvirginia.com, and remember: “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon.”

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Nature’s Beauty At Its Best

Roan Mountain, Tenn.

Nature’s Beauty At Its Best

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Where the Mountains and the People Welcome You

Unicoi County, Tenn.

Where the Mountains and the People Welcome You

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Come enjoy Hot Springs, NC and leave in a Better State of Mind!

Hot Springs, N.C.

Hot Springs, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and cuddled along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, is a town rich in history and beaming with natural charm.

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Located in the mountains of Western North Carolina and is surrounded by beautiful streams & waterfalls

Franklin, N.C.

Located in the mountains of Western North Carolina and is surrounded by beautiful streams & waterfalls

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The Appalachian Trail crossed the top of the dam, which remains the tallest in the Eastern United States

Fontana Dam, N.C.

The town of Fontana Dam is named after its hydroelectric dam that was built in the early 1940s to meet the rapidly growing electricity demands at the height of World War II. The Appalachian Trail crossed the top of the dam, which remains the tallest in the Eastern United States.

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Pearisburg, Va.

Pearisburg, Va.

Enjoy the small-town vibe at Pearisburg, the county seat of Giles County. Nestled at the base of Pearis Mountain, with the New River winding around its southern border, Pearisburg is a rewarding destination for day-trip adventurers or long-distance hikers.

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Bland County, Va.

Bland County, Va.

Bland County is a recreational paradise, and along with the rest of southwest Virginia, is becoming a hub for tourism. The scenic vistas, historical landmarks, outdoor activities, and abundant rivers, lakes and streams make this area a mecca for visitors. The beautiful mountains and temperate climate provide ample opportunities for everyone from the most avid adventurers to moderate outdoor enthusiasts and contemplative naturalists.

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Buena Vista, Va.

Buena Vista, Va.

Nestled on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southwestern corner of Rockbridge County, Virginia, Buena Vista is an area of great natural beauty. Bounded on the west by the Maury River, a major tributary of the James River, and partially surrounded by the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, the area offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities. This friendly city, located just 9 miles west of the Appalachian Trail crossing at US 60, encourages A.T. hikers to come into town and stay a while.

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Glasgow, Va.

Glasgow, Va.

Rolling hills, scenic waterways and well maintained open space make Glasgow, VA, a special place to visit…and live. Located at the confluence of the Maury and James Rivers, Glasgow is a small town of just over 1,000 residents. The town makes a great launching point for adventures on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, and exciting whitewater or relaxing flatwater paddling trips. Virginia’s famous Natural Bridge, which became Virginia’s 37th state park in September of 2016, is just 10 minutes away. Glasgow welcomes visitors from around the region, nation, and world.

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Nelson County, Va.

Nelson County, Va.

Nelson County offers visitors the opportunity to experience the wilderness and rich rural traditions of those who love to call it home. The county’s mountainous terrain offers vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the deep green splendor of the George Washington National Forest, with the wide, winding James River forming the southeast boundary. Within this bounty of natural beauty are miles of hiking trails, crystal-clear fishing streams, historic family farms and orchards, picturesque vineyards, inviting tap rooms and unparalleled views.

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Troutville, Va.

Troutville, Va.

The town’s location is a good midway point from some of the major hiking segments of the A.T. The town gateway encompasses a highly utilized post office by hikers, which is within a short walking distance. It is a great start and end point for numerous sectional hikes.

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Narrows, Va.

Narrows, Va.

Named for the narrowing of the New River that flows through the town, is a town in Giles County, Virginia.

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Front Royal, Va.

Front Royal, Va.

Your northern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park!

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Rangeley, ME

Rangeley, ME

Rangeley is a charming town situated on the shores of Rangeley Lake and nestled in the heart of the vast Rangeley Lakes region.

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Monson, ME

Monson, ME

Located on the Appalachian Trail at the beginning (or end) of the Hundred-Mile Wilderness

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Tucked into the foothills of southern New York

Warwick, N.Y.

Tucked into the foothills of southern New York – only 50 miles from Manhattan’s skyscrapers – the Town of Warwick offers stunning vistas, beautiful waterfalls and endless options for fun and relaxation. Take a day to bike our country back roads or hike the beautiful Appalachian Trail. Tee off at one of our spectacular golf courses or take a horseback ride through rolling farmland.

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Kingfield, Maine

Kingfield, Maine

Kingfield is a quintessential northern New England village founded on the logging industry and characterized by a stunning collection of Victorian architecture.

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Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia

A destination hub in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega plays host to year round weddings, waterfall and wildlife seekers, and world renowned bicycling events.

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Dahlonega, Georgia

Gilmer County, Georgia

The North Georgia mountain town of Ellijay is quintessentially charming, welcoming visitors with its hiking trails and lake. Heritage apple orchards make the town known as Georgia’s Apple Capital.

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Helen, Georgia

Helen – White County, Georgia

The Alpine town of Helen takes its inspiration from the villages of Germany, complete with the building style of downtown shops and restaurants.

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Blairsville-Union County, Georgia

Blairsville-Union County, Georgia

Located in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

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Berryville/Clarke County, Va.

Berryville/Clarke County, Va.

Berryville is a wonderful community. By long tradition the Town serves as the center of commercial, residential, institutional and industrial activity for Clarke County.

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A charming destination as well as an ideal hub for day trips and excursions

Waynesboro, Va.

A charming destination as well as an ideal hub for day trips and excursions

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Harrisonburg, Va.

Harrisonburg, Va.

Located along one of the main thoroughfares of America’s westward expansion and smack in the middle of some of the most spectacular mountain ranges and outdoor recreation spots in Virginia

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Luray/Page County, Va.

Luray/Page County, Va.

Located just 90 miles west of Washington, D.C., we’re close enough to make day trips and weekend getaways possible.

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Greater Waynesboro Area, Pa.

Greater Waynesboro Area, Pa.

Waynesboro is situated in the southern part of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, about 2 miles north of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Harpers Ferry & Bolivar

Harpers Ferry & Bolivar, W.Va.

Follow the Appalachian Trail to one of the most important historical cities in America.

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Hiawassee, Georgia

Hiawassee, Georgia

Welcome to Georgia’s lake and mountain paradise!

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Wide-open vistas beyond the footpath are essential to the Wild East.

Scenic Views

Wide-open vistas beyond the footpath offer respite and are essential to the Wild East.

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The Trail passes through 14 States

Explore by State

View photos, cool facts, and need-to-know information for each state.

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Georgia

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail’s northern and southern ends. Here’s what to expect in Georgia. 

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North Carolina

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail’s northern and southern ends. Here’s what to expect in North Carolina. 

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Tennessee

Tennessee’s stretch of the A.T., with its sun-dappled forests, broad unobstructed balds and high elevation summits carpeted in native grasses, helped inspire the Trail’s congressional designation as a National Scenic Trail.

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Virginia

Virginia has the distinction of having more miles of the A.T. than any other state—nearly a quarter of the Trail’s entire length. The Trail also travels through the history-filled, rolling mountains of Shenandoah National Park.

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West Virginia

West Virginia’s section of the A.T. is short but one of the best known. A.T. hikers stop here to visit the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where they have their photos taken and log their travels.

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Maryland

You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places between the Appalachian Trail’s northern and southern ends. Here’s what to expect in Maryland.

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Pennsylvania

The A.T. in Pennsylvania plays an important role in showcasing America’s heritage and the state’s sweeping landscapes, passing historic landmarks and ascending to scenic heights along Kittatinny Ridge.

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New Jersey

The A.T is in close proximity to New Jersey’s major cities, offering a quick escape for millions to enjoy gorgeous Appalachian scenery. The Trail travels through the Wallkill National Wildlife Reserve, where hikers will frequently see the state bird, the eastern goldfinch.

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New York

One of the unique aspects of the A.T. is its proximity to New York City. Hikers near Harriman State Park, for instance, experience the natural beauty of woodlands with occasional views of the Manhattan skyline in the distance.

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Connecticut

The A.T. passes through pristine Connecticut hardwood forests and what was once called the “Arsenal of the Revolution.” Today’s hikers can see historic remnants of old charcoal pits from the Trail.

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New Hampshire

The A.T. in New Hampshire is rugged and inspiring, offering more miles above treeline than any other Trail state. Hiking the ridgeline of the famed White Mountains offers spectacular views and an exceptional sense of personal accomplishment.

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Massachusetts

Expansive highlands, distinctive mountains, layered ridgelines, lush river walks and shaded glens are part of the A.T.’s diverse and captivating experiences through the Berkshire region of Massachusetts.

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Vermont

The A.T. is what the Green Mountain State of Vermont is all about —an inviting and inspiring treadway that welcomes hikers of all abilities. The Trail ascends from 400 feet to more than 4,000 feet, offering challenges for both beginners and seasoned backpackers.

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Maine

The A.T. in Maine is wild, spectacularly scenic, challenging and ultimately fulfilling. Maine’s tallest mountain, Katahdin, is typically the beginning or the satisfying end of a thru-hike, a journey by foot of all 2,192 miles of the A.T. that is undertaken by thousands each year.

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By Marina Richie

Wild East Time Travel

U.S. history and culture resonate throughout the Appalachian Trail and the Wild East.

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By Alec Clement

Reeling in the Miles

It can be a challenge to carry any extra weight on your hike, regardless if it’s for a day hike, a section, or a thru-hike. I once met another hiker that fished only using a spinner, 10 feet of biodegradable fishing line and a stick that he’d tie the line to. I believe he had the right idea.

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By Kim O'Connell

Step Out

Easy travel and adventure await in Communities along the Appalachian Trail.

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By Mark Ellison

Healthy Forests

The health of forests along the Appalachian Trail is integral to the vitality of the Wild East.

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By Luann Mack-Drinkard

Hiking with Dogs

Tips for taking four-legged friends on your next Appalachian Trail adventure.

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By Nicholas Lund

A Song at Dawn

From Monson, Maine to Katahdin — the famed northern terminus of the A.T. — hikers of the 100-Mile Wilderness immerse in denizens of the far north, from loons to spruce grouse, gray jays, and ravens. On the high slopes of Katahdin itself nests one of the rarest birds of the A.T. The Bicknell’s thrush is an extreme specialist, living on the brink of extinction.

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A vision larger than a footpath

An Awe-Inspiring Landscape

In order to wholeheartedly protect the Appalachian Trail today, we have to think about it a bit differently than we have previously. The Trail isn’t just a footpath for hikers — it is something that connects us to a natural world we all can have a part in conserving.

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By Tod Jones

Inspiring Appalachian Trail Memoirs

Great Appalachian Trail adventure books to snuggle in with until the weather warms.

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Featured Funder

The Volgenau Foundation’s Groundbreaking Gift

With the ever-present challenge of dwindling public funding, donations from philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual citizens are crucial.

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By Amanda Wheelock

Winter Hiking: What to Know Before You Go

Wide-open views, crisp air and solitude make for a cool hike, but when hiking in winter, being prepared is key.

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By Jack Igelman

A Dynamic Approach to Landscape Conservation

In December 2018, more than 75 partners gathered at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for the fourth annual meeting of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership. Photo by Anne Baker

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By Amanda Wheelock

Our Favorites for a Winter Adventure

These hikes are not only enjoyable, but also safer for colder days.

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