Appalachian Trail Communities

Our friends at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) are dedicated to the upkeep and long-term preservation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

They cannot do it alone, obviously.  As wise leaders always do, the ATC is delegating some of the responsibilities to qualified and committed groups, individuals and towns along the AT.

One of the ATC’s best ideas is the Appalachian Trail Community™ program, which recognizes communities that promote and protect the AT, and are neighborly to those who trod the trail.

The ATC’s website says designation and participation in the Appalachian Trail Community program has these goals:

  • Engage community citizens, trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the trail as a resource and asset

We commend the ATC for their work and urge you to join them in their worthy quest to preserve the treasure of the Appalachian Trail.

Towns Designated as Appalachian Trail Communities:

Abingdon, VA

Bland County, VA

Boiling Springs, PA 

Buena Vista & Glasgow, VA

Dahlonega, GA

Damascus, VA

Dover & Pawling, NY

Duncannon, PA

Ellijay/Gilmer County, GA 

Front Royal, VA

Great Barrington, MA 

Hanover, NH

Harper’s Ferry & Bolivar, WV

Helen, GA 

Hot Springs, NC

Luray and Page County, VA

Millinocket, ME

Monson, ME

Narrows, VA

Nelson County, VA

Norwich, VT

Rangeley, ME 

Troutville, VA

Unicoi County, TN 

Warwick, NY

Waynesboro, VA

Click Here for Information on the Appalachian Trail Community Program

 

 

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