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Anyone can thru-hike our nation's most popular footpath, if they can climb the 10 Highest Peaks on the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center provides life-saving weather and trail data to Mt. Washington hikers.

Read about the most famous places on the Appalachian Trail.

Did you know that you can go from Grand Central Station to the Appalachian Trail train station in under 2 hours? New Yorkers: come to the Appalachian Trail!

The view from Stecoah Gap is exquisite. Hikers are rewarded with panoramic vistas and a couple of sturdy picnic tables that are perfect for a quick meal.

Monson, Maine, at the southern end of the 100-Mile-Wilderness is an oasis for Appalachian Trail hikers.

Blood Mountain is peaceful today. That hasn't always been true. In fact, it's a former battlefield.

Shuttles to the Appalachian Trail can be amazingly handy. Largely because no one else wants to drop us off at Springer Mountain at 4 AM.

Appalachian Trail hikers can't agree on simple stuff, like whether folks should hike northbound or southbound. But they all love The Homeplace Restaurant.

The town of Dalton, Massachusetts, is friendly to hikers all year long, but hiking the Appalachian Trail there in the winter is a bit on the cold side.

There are hundreds of cool attractions on the Appalachian Trail. Take a look at many of the most interesting here.

The Pine Grove Furnace General Store is pretty darn close to the halfway point on the Appalachian Trail. So, hikers accept the Half-Gallon Challenge!

The famous Hiker Hostel in North Georgia is owned by Saints: Josh & Leigh. Need a ride the Appalachian Trail or a sweet bed for a night? Call Hiker Hostel.

The next time you hike Springer Mountain, take some time to visit the wineries in North Georgia too. Here are a few you might enjoy.

Pictures of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts hardly do it justice. At 3,491 feet at its summit, the views are spectacular. So are the people who visit.

For a special spot to bid your Appalachian Trail thru-hiker a fond farewell, stay at one of the beautiful bed & breakfast inns in Northeast GA's mountains.

Wood's Hole Hostel, near the Appalachian Trail outside Pearisburg, VA, is both mythical among hikers & mystical to all who stay for a meal or a night.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Headquarters. They pack a lot of dedicated workers into one small building.

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On Thursday, February 2nd, the new REI in Milford, CT, will have a 90-minute class on how to plan your AT hike. Space is limited for this free class.

Southern & Northern Appalachian Trail Rucks are scheduled for January 2017, where hikers eat, hike, sleep & laugh at other people's gear. You'll love it!

December 7, 2016 was frigid and blustery in Baxter State Park, as Skywalker, Mama Cheddar and Master Splinter accomplished a snowy summit of Katahdin.

For Bob Gabrielsen & the Top of Georgia Hostel, it's the best of times in what could be the worst of times. They're open for business, unless they evacuate.

One thing wrong with the Appalachian Trail is there's too much to see in one lifetime. Big Creek Country Store in Mount Sterling, NC, is an example.

Wood's Hole Hostel, near the Appalachian Trail outside Pearisburg, VA, is both mythical among hikers & mystical to all who stay for a meal or a night.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, come to Kingfield, Maine, when this lovely village becomes the 40th official Appalachian Trail Community.

The newly created Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument encompasses the east branch of the Penobscot River in the North Woods of Maine.

Join the celebration on Saturday, July 30, 2016, as North Adams, Massachusetts is inducted into the fellowship of Appalachian Trail Communities.

The Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club is an energetic group whose primary purpose is maintaining a 10+ mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

The one town on the Appalachian Trail that epitomizes what dreamers think all Trail towns look like is Monson, Maine. The ATC has opened a visitor center there.

The Kennebec River Ferry will run from May 27 -- October 10, 2016. This free service for AT hikers is provided by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

The Appalachian Trail Museum is WAY easier to find than Paris. You don't have to speak French and the folks there aren't rude.

The town of Dalton, Massachusetts, is friendly to hikers all year long, but hiking the Appalachian Trail there in the winter is a bit on the cold side.

How long does it take to move a mile of the Trail in Giles County, VA? Fifteen years of blood, sweat and cheers from volunteers.

Everyone has a story. Here are a few dandies we heard while doing Trail Magic at Gooch Gap.

The Mountain Crossings Outfitters Virtual Shake Down helps hikers "take the load off."

Jennifer Pharr Davis will teach her second Appalachian Trail Institute in Hot Springs, NC, at Laughing Heart Lodge from January 20-14, 2016.

Shuttles to the Appalachian Trail can be amazingly handy. Largely because no one else wants to drop us off at Springer Mountain at 4 AM.

David Corrigan posted his final 2015 Kennebec Ferry Report on the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) website. Please read these vital portions.

The Open Arms Hostel at the Edge of Town in Luray, VA, is the perfect place to rest before or after you hike the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoahs.

Julie Judkins, our pal at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, says Wind Gap, PA, is the ATC's latest Appalachian Trail Community. Wind Gap is hiker friendly!

Jim's Smokin' Que in Blairsville, GA, is one of the best places to eat near the Appalachian Trail, and it's ranked as one of America's best BBQ joints.

AT hikers risk their lives fording the Kennebec River on foot instead of taking David Corrigan's ferry over the Trail's most formidable crossing.

Bailey Mountain Bike Park is open and offers "gravity riders" pristine terrain ideal for downhill riding with a drop of more than 1,000 feet of elevation.

Oysters create pearls as a natural response to irritation. Bill Oyster turned his irritation into creating bamboo fly rods that are precious works of art.

Will improvements at North Georgia's Amicalola Falls State Park -- home of the Appalachian Trail's Approach Trail -- include a waterfall elevator?

The Hostel at Laughing Heart Lodge is good medicine for sore feet, aching backs and lonely Appalachian Trail hikers in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

TOG: The Happy Top of Georgia Hostel & Hiking Center sits on a hill a half-mile away from the Appalachian Trail. Find your rest, food & new friends at TOG.

The famous Hiker Hostel in North Georgia is owned by Saints: Josh & Leigh. Need a ride the Appalachian Trail or a sweet bed for a night? Call Hiker Hostel.

Julie Judkins talked North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory into declaring March 26, 2015 Appalachian Trail Community Day on behalf of Fontana Dam, NC.

There so many famous places on the Appalachian Trail. Take a virtual tour of the ones you haven't seen. Yet. Check out our Trail Mix of tips & advice too.

For a special spot to bid your Appalachian Trail thru-hiker a fond farewell, stay at one of the beautiful bed & breakfast inns in Northeast GA's mountains.

Come visit Amicalola Falls State Park -- near the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Get a 40% discount off lodging in the park's lodge or cabins.

The New Ming Garden Buffet & Grill in Waynesboro, Virginia, is the best Chinese buffet in all known galaxies and a favorite among Appalachian Trail hikers.

Baxter State Park Naturalist Jean Hoekwater says Mt. Katahdin's ecosystem is especially fragile during "shoulder seasons," such as spring and fall.

Georganna and Logan Seamon have breathed new life into Mountain Crossings, one of America's best outfitters, at Neel Gap (below Blood Mountain) in Georgia.

Pictures of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts hardly do it justice. At 3,491 feet at its summit, the views are spectacular. So are the people who visit.

The Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center provides life-saving weather and trail data to Mt. Washington hikers.

Secluded. Rustic. Off the grid. Serene. Words used to describe Hike Inn: the secluded, rustic, off the grid, serene lodge in N. Georgia near Springer Mtn.

Pottery from North Georgia's hills offers a rich heritage to America. Visit the Folk Pottery Museum to see unique artwork and take some home on August 30.

Georgia's Vogel State Park has a perfect mountain lake, the Appalachian Trail on Blood Mountain nearby, lakeside cabins, tent and RV camping and relaxation.

The view from Stecoah Gap is exquisite. Hikers are rewarded with panoramic vistas and a couple of sturdy picnic tables that are perfect for a quick meal.

Some believe the Appalachian Trail begins in Maine at Mount Katahdin. My home closer to Springer Mountain, so I think the AT starts in GA. What do you say?

The Nantahala Outdoor Center is the perfect place to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. (Over a rushing river on a sturdy bridge.)

Mark of the Potter in Clarkesville, GA, is an old mill converted into a working pottery; don't leave without feeding the trout.

Blood Mountain is peaceful today. That hasn't always been true. In fact, it's a former battlefield.

No, the headquarters for the Appalachian Mountain Club isn't in a lonely forest. It's on Boston's Beacon Hill. Come take a look!

Did you know that you can go from Grand Central Station to the Appalachian Trail train station in under 2 hours? New Yorkers: come to the Appalachian Trail!

A child's Trail Magic on Elm Street in Norwich, Vermont -- a few cookies left for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers -- made an impact on hikers and passersby.

Cheshire, Massachusetts, is a delightful place to pause for ice cream and conversation while hiking the Berkshires.

The Appalachian Mountain Club's headquarters are not on some mountain only accessible by climbing rocks and fording rivers. It's on Beacon Hill in Boston.

Cheshire, Massachusetts the perfect spot to stop for an ice cream cone while hiking the Appalachian Trail in the summer. Winter has its own beauty there.

Monson, Maine, at the southern end of the 100-Mile-Wilderness is an oasis for Appalachian Trail hikers.

The Appalachian Trail Community of Smyth County, VA, is one of the most friendly and supportive spots along the Trail's 2,185 mile length.

Vogel State Park is a happy place in the mountains of North Georgia in the shadow of Blood Mountain and the Appalachian Trail with cabins and a lake.

You're hiking northward on the Appalachian Trail. You exit the 100-Mile Wilderness. You see Mt. Katahdin. You say to yourself, "You've got to be kidding."

Dahlonega, Georgia, is an Appalachian Trail Community that hosts the annual Spring on Springer to send thru-hikers on their way in style.

We think of "the end of the trail" as something dreadfully final. That's not the case at all with the Appalachian Trail Cafe in Millinocket, Maine.

Can't get your grandparents to meet you to resupply your Appalachian Hike in Virginia? Maybe tell them the Walton's Mountain Museum is close to Waynesboro.

The Pine Grove Furnace General Store is pretty darn close to the halfway point on the Appalachian Trail. So, hikers accept the Half-Gallon Challenge!

Appalachian Trail hikers can't agree on simple stuff, like whether folks should hike northbound or southbound. But they all love The Homeplace Restaurant.

Vogel State Park in the beautiful foothills of North Georgia is everything a park should be. Camp in a tent or a cabin, hike or read. But visit Vogel soon.

Delaware Water Gap, PA, will be established as an official Appalachian Trail Community on Saturday, June 28, 2014, because they are hiker friendly.

Forget Walmart. To resupply for your Appalachian Trail hike, head for Teago General Store in South Pomfret, VT. Great cheese & sammiches. Pizza on Fridays!

The next time you hike Springer Mountain, take some time to visit the wineries in North Georgia too. Here are a few you might enjoy.

A long walk from a parking lot to a nice hotel is too much for some people. To others, the five mile hike to your room at Len Foote Hike Inn is just right.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Headquarters. They pack a lot of dedicated workers into one small building.

Hot Springs, North Carolina is just about the coolest Appalachian Trail Community, especially during their annual Trail Festival.

Damascus, Virginia, hosts the Appalachian Trail and several other pathways for adventurers.