Success Stories: Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Tales

David Miller, author of "The A.T. Guide" thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2003.

Three months ago, as summer began, we updated our Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Tales.  Northbounders had already been on the Trail for three months by then. Many hikers timed their arrival in Damascus, Virginia, to coincide with the Trail Days celebration there in mid-May.  Afterward, the long trek through Virginia taught them the true meaning of […]

Croatan National Forest Damaged by Bikers and Horseback Riders

The Appalachian Trail is a Foot Path. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail and many others are foot paths that do not allow mountain bikes, horses or motorized vehicles.  The Island Creek Forest Walk trail in North Carolina’s Croatan National Forest is also for hiking only.  Unfortunately, that trail has been damaged by illegal use by mountain bikers and horseback riders. District Ranger Jim Gumm says, “The wonderful walk […]

Hawk Rock Graffiti Removed by DATC Volunteers

DATC Volunteers Removed Graffiti from Hawk Rock

Our friends with the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Committee (DATC) in Pennsylvania have good news for all of us who love the Appalachian Trail (AT).  DATC volunteers removed years of graffiti from nearby Hawk Rock after the iconic boulder was defaced, again, by a self-centered cretin with a can of spray paint. DATC organizers put out a […]