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Are you afraid of attending Appalachian Trail events because you might chuck your life and hit the Trail and never come back? Good for you.

The more the merrier! You're sure to be welcomed by those who love the AT at any of the 2017 Appalachian Trail events from Georgia to Maine!

Enjoy an afternoon celebrating the Trail at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events.

Live it up with other AT dreamers and hikers at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events from Georgia to Maine.

You can hike the entire Appalachian Trail through the wilderness or you can drive from town to town partying at fun Appalachian Trail events. Choose wisely.

We hope to see you at one of the 2014 Appalachian Trail events that take place all along the AT -- from Maine to Georgia.

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.

Do you remember attending any of these 2013 Appalachian Trail events? Many of made lifelong friends at them.

Reserve the first weekend of March for ATKO 2017. Be with all your stinky hiker pals (they clean up pretty good) at Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia.

Come celebrate the Appalachian Trail's Flip-Flop Kickoff Weekend in Harpers Ferry, WV. Kiss mountain sailors goodbye before they sail the hills to Katahdin.

Helen's version of Mardi Gras, fashioned after "fasching," takes place on Saturday, February 11, 2016. You're going to love the parade on sea and land.

We endured a brutal winter while waiting for summer to begin. Let's celebrate our survival at one of the great Appalachian Trail Festivals as summer begins.

ATKO 2015 -- the Appalachian Trail Kickoff -- was the perfect way to meet those who have trod the Trail & to meet new friends about to try for themselves.

Adventurers pursuing the title "Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker" leave home to walk in the woods for months and to attend Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia!

Dahlonega, GA, is an Appalachian Trail Community and the site of the South's best fall festival: Gold Rush Days on 10-18-14. Take a hike to Gold Rush Days!

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Helen's version of Mardi Gras, fashioned after "fasching," takes place on Saturday, February 11, 2016. You're going to love the parade on sea and land.

Do you remember attending any of these 2013 Appalachian Trail events? Many of made lifelong friends at them.

We hope to see you at one of the 2014 Appalachian Trail events that take place all along the AT -- from Maine to Georgia.

You can hike the entire Appalachian Trail through the wilderness or you can drive from town to town partying at fun Appalachian Trail events. Choose wisely.

Reserve the first weekend of March for ATKO 2017. Be with all your stinky hiker pals (they clean up pretty good) at Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia.

The more the merrier! You're sure to be welcomed by those who love the AT at any of the 2017 Appalachian Trail events from Georgia to Maine!

Are you afraid of attending Appalachian Trail events because you might chuck your life and hit the Trail and never come back? Good for you.

Your family of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers invites you to Miss Janet's Hiker Thanksgiving in Hot Springs, NC. And all the hikers rejoiced!

Invest three days of your life for live music, food, hiking, arts & crafts and camping the first weekend in November at HemlockFest 2016 in Dahlonega, GA.

Hikers during hunting season are advised to wear a bright orange hat, vest, shirt or coat, and to protect their dogs similarly.

The Fall Festival in Narrows, VA, takes place on Saturday, October 29th from noon - 9 PM. There'll be dancing in the streets, good food and great trails.

Woodstock, Vermont, an iconic New England village, hosts the 5th Annual Peak to Peak Event on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The 2016 ALDHA Gathering in Williamstown, MA -- their 35th annual -- will be on the lovely campus of Williams College, starting on Friday, October 7th.

September 24 is when our friends with the Greater Waynesboro Pennsylvania Area Appalachian Trail Community will celebrate the 2016 Family Hiking Day.

Make plans now to attend the Fall Furnace Fest in PA's Pine Grove Furnace State Park, and visit the Appalachian Trail Museum while you're there.

Get a million dollar's worth of delightful music for $5 in a heavenly setting at the 2016 Mountain Music Festival at Vogel State Park on September 10th.

The 2016 Dahlonega Trail Fest will be held September 9th through the 11th. The festivities include information about other local and national trails.

The 5th Annual Rangeley Trail Town Festival is set for the weekend of September 2-3, 2016, in one of the most delightful villages on the Appalachian Trail.

The 2016 Trails End Festival takes place September 16-18th with oodles of hikers and great music. The Tough Ones try the Hard Core Project.

Enjoy an afternoon celebrating the Trail at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events.

Hike to the Berkshires for the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Celebration with hikes, trail maintenance and a potluck supper on July 23, 2016.

The Northeast Rainbow Gathering is expected to descend upon the Appalachian Trail in Vermont in late June and early July 2016.

The Mason-Dixon Appalachian Trail Outdoor Festival will rouse Red Run Park in Rouzerville, PA, on June 18, 2016 from 10 AM until 4 in the happy afternoon.

A good time awaits you on Saturday, June 18th at the 2016 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival. Discover new trails, music and friends.

Tap your boots, sing along and celebrate Father's Day at the Appalachian Trail Music Festival, June 19, 2016, at Children's Lake in Boiling Springs, PA.

National Trails Day, June 4, 2016, is the perfect time to go out and explore the outdoors in any of America's 50 states on foot, horseback or by canoe.

Trail Days 2016 in Damascus, VA, begins on Friday, May 13th. Trail Days is the Appalachian Trail's biggest, best and happiest party.

The 5th Army Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Frank D. Merrill will host their exciting almost-annual Ranger Open House on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Hot Springs, NC, is the host of Trailfest 2016 over the weekend of April 15th. It's a small town Appalachian Trail blast.

Appalachian Trail Flip Flop hikers begin their trek at Harpers Ferry, WV, and do half the Trail, then they come back and go the other direction!

Enjoy food, tall tales, hiker trash, music, vendors & former Appalachian Trail thru-hikers at the Hiker Fool Bash's new location in Hiawassee, GA.

Meet some of the world's most adventurous hikers at the annual Thru Hiker Kick Off Party at Mountain Crossings Outfitters in North Georgia.

Visit Mountain Crossings for the Thru-Hiker Season Kick-Off Party -- a day of reveling in the mountains and celebrating the Appalachian Trail!

Doctor Grumpy Says Go to ATKO 2016! That's the place to learn about the Appalachian Trail from real hikers and to take a whack at the killer Approach Trail.

Live it up with other AT dreamers and hikers at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events from Georgia to Maine.

The Northern Ruck is a gathering of distinguished hikers cheering the Appalachian Trail Class of 2016 on to victorious thru-hikes of the AT.

Fight the extinction of hemlocks in Georgia. Come to HemlockFest -- Friday-Sunday, November 6-8, 2015. Have a great time raising money to save hemlocks.

The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community in Pawling, NY, invites you to Trail Day on Sunday October 18, 2015. Take a hike with Sharon Mama Goose Smith.

Celebrate your right to hike at Ella's Run on October 17, 2015. The non-profit group, Right to Hike, protects hikers, in memory of Meredith Hope Emerson.

Tell your family to take a hike ... in honor of Family Hiking Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Hit the Trail with your entire clan. They might have fun.

Trails End Festival in Millinocket, ME, near Katahdin.

The 34th Annual Gathering brings hikers together for fellowship, adventures & trail tips from ALDHA, the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association.

I know. You're busy this weekend, right? You deserve to be at Vogel State Park's Mountain Music Festival (9-12-15). Just do what it takes to be there.

To honor the 99th birthday of America's national parks, visitors to any of America's 408 national parks will receive free admission on August 25, 2015.

The 4th Annual Appalachian Trail Town Festival in Rangeley, Maine, will honor AT hikers who pass through Rangeley, Maine (the town, not my cute neighbors).

Every other year, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy holds a convention for AT enthusiasts. The 2015 ATC Biennial Conference will be held July 17th-24th.

We endured a brutal winter while waiting for summer to begin. Let's celebrate our survival at one of the great Appalachian Trail Festivals as summer begins.

Appalachian Trail hikers in Virginia will love Troutville Trail Days! The free music? Maybe. The free camping? Sure. The free food? Oh, yeah, baby! Woo-hoo!

You don't have to go to Maine to celebrate National Trails Day, although they have the best mosquito rides east of Minnesota. Hit a trail on June 6th.

Adventurers pursuing the title "Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker" leave home to walk in the woods for months and to attend Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia!

Come celebrate the Appalachian Trail's Flip-Flop Kickoff Weekend in Harpers Ferry, WV. Kiss mountain sailors goodbye before they sail the hills to Katahdin.

Maine Appalachian Trail Club's 2015 Spring Meeting in Lewiston, ME, was a time to meet new & old friends, learn about the Trail and MATC. Enjoy these pix!

Gather 'round and take a look at a few Pictures from Dahlonega Trail Fest 2015, a time to celebrate the new hiking season & those who are going to rock it.

The latest Appalachian Trail season for northbound hikers unofficially began at ATKO 2014 at Amicalola Falls State Park.

All the Appalachian Trail Festivals in Franklin, NC, are taking place the weekend of March 27, 2015 ... the Hiker Bash & the April Fool's Trail Days & more!

If Scarlett O'Hara were alive, she'd dwell near Dahlonega, GA, with its iconic town square & annual Dahlonega Trail Festival honoring the Appalachian Trail.

The recruits for the 2015 Warrior Hike of the Appalachian Trail met on Springer Mtn on March 16, 2015. They hope to finish on 9/11 on Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

ATKO 2015 -- the Appalachian Trail Kickoff -- was the perfect way to meet those who have trod the Trail & to meet new friends about to try for themselves.

Appalachian Trail Kickoff - ATKO - is like grad school for Thru-Hikers. ATKO begins at Amicalola Falls State Park March 6th. To graduate, hike the entire AT

Hike up to Neel Gap on Blood Mountain on Saturday, February 28, 2015 for the Thru-Hiker Kickoff Party. Free gifts, fabulous folks, fancy fiddling and food!

Southern Ruck returns to NOC January 16-18 2015 for "Woodstock for Hikers," except it's mostly indoors & Jimi Hendrix won't be there. Probably.

First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family at parks in all 50 states.

The non-profit group Warrior Hike helps veterans of foreign wars readjust to civilian life through their Walk Off the War program on Hikes that Heal. hiking

Ella's Run, a 5K held by Right to Hike, Inc., raises money to provide lights & emergency call boxes for walking trails, in honor of Meredith Hope Emerson.

Dahlonega, GA, is an Appalachian Trail Community and the site of the South's best fall festival: Gold Rush Days on 10-18-14. Take a hike to Gold Rush Days!

The Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community invites you to their Appalachian Trail Day Celebration in Pawling, NY, on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

Our pal Julie Judkins, with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, hopes you'll tell your family to get out and hit the Trail -- on Family Hiking Day (9-27-14).

National Public Lands Day for 2014 comes on Saturday, September 27th. 175,000 volunteers will promote this fee-free day by caring for parks across America.

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.

Dahlonega, GA, has the first Appalachian Trail festival annually. The Trails End Festival in Millinocket, Maine, honors the thru-hikers who never gave up.

Make plans to attend the 33rd Annual ALDHA Gathering in Williamstown, MA, October 10-12, 2014, if you love hiking and you would like to meet other hikers.

The 2014 Warwick Appalachian Trail Community Day has an agenda packed with joyous ways to celebrate the AT, those who hike it and those who want to someday.

When you attend the Appalachian Trail Museum Festival, be sure to save time for the Half-Gallon Challenge at the General Store.

A great time was had by all who spent a few hours at Franklin, NC's 2013 April Fool's Trail Days. Here's proof.

If you didn't attend the 2013 Founder's Bridge AT Festival at North Carolina's Nantahala Outdoor Center, you might enjoy these pictures.

The Blue Ridge Mountains' foothills in North Georgia provide a poetic setting for the Byron Reece Farm & Heritage Center and a place to ponder his words.

The annual Holiday Open House Party at Appalachian Trail Conservancy's headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV, melds the old with the new for a memorable time.

The Appalachian Trail Kickoff (ATKO) is a type of Mecca for pilgrims who seek wisdom on hiking the Trail from end to end.

If you spend enough time around the iconic town square in Dahlonega, Georgia, during their Appalachian Trail Fest 2014, you'll want to hike the Trail too.

Franklin, North Carolina, salutes Appalachian Trail hikers with April Fool's Trail Days on or around April 1st each year. It's a family-friendly fun time.

Franklin's 2014 April Fool's Trail Days was a bit of a rainy day but that didn't dampen the spirits of folks celebrating the Appalachian Trail in Franklin.

Trailfest 2014 in Hot Springs, North Carolina, celebrates the Appalachian Trail with a parade all the way through town to honor those who tread the Trail.

Dahlonega, GA's Trail Fest is the first celebration of the new year's crop of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers marching to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

This year's Biggest Party on the Appalachian -- Trail Days 2014 -- is ready for herds of hikers to take over the town of Damascus, Virginia.

Hiker Homecoming in Marion, Virginia, gives Appalachian Trail hikers a rare chance to be spoiled along the Trail by the wonderful citizens of Marion.

If a man asks a woman, "Hey! Wanna go to Troutville?" he will strike out. But if he says, "Hey! Wanna go to Troutville Trail Days?" he's got a date.

The Appalachian Trail Museum's Trail Days is one of the best ways to celebrate the history of America's most popular pathway ... and have a good time.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy's Jamboree Hikes brought joy and exercise to those who attended the 2014 Jamboree.

The Green Mountain Club kicked off its 104th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 13, 2014.

The Appalachian Trail Festival in Duncannon, PA, is one of the best organized celebrations anywhere alone the Trail.

Volunteers like Bill Finan and his wife Gail have helped the Pan-Mass Challenge raise more than $400,000,000 to fight cancer.

Yes, bugs have their own special day at the Cradle of Forestry in North Carolina.