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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blairsville-Union County, Georgia

Blairsville-Union County, Georgia

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

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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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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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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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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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