Someday, the Appalachian Trail will be so crowded we'll need passing lanes to let faster traffic go by and shelters that will fit the first 100 hikers each night. There are times, however, when crowds are welcomed by those who love the AT -- especially at 2017 Appalachian Trail events!
Even if you <gasp> show up in a cotton T-shirt, blue jeans and flip-flops, you're sure to be welcomed by everyone (except those who form formidable lines, point at you and chant, "Cotton kills!"). Don't worry. They mean well.
Some of the festivals feature Trail movies, eating contests, great music, short and long hikes, delectable delicacies and beautiful people seeking soul mates.
Please Note: Some teaching sessions, such as: "How One Gallon of Nair Lowered My Base Weight by 1.75 Ounces," are not for beginners. Thank you.
Did you miss the Southern Ruck at the Nantahala Outdoor Center on January 13-15? Never fear. There's still time to attend the Northern Ruck -- and so many more events.
January 25-27: Northern Ruck, Bluemont, Virginia
February 2: Plan Your AT Hike, Milford, CT
March 3-5: Appalachian Trail Kick Off (ATKO), Amicalola Falls State Park, GA
Appalachian Trail events take place from early March until September from Georgia to Maine. It's the best way to see the Trail without getting blisters.
We hope to see you at one of the 2014 Appalachian Trail events that take place all along the AT -- from Maine to Georgia.