2012 Activities on the Appalachian Trail

Rangeley, Maine Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Appalachian Trail -- Photograph by Robert Sutherland

There are many ways to enjoy the Appalachian Trail (AT)! It's best to hike it, but celebrating the AT can be *almost* as good.

Many communities and parks hold festivals, seminars and other activities to help people become more aware of the AT.

AppalachianTrail.com hopes you'll take part -- in some way -- to experience and celebrate the Appalachian Trail.

You're Invited to:

10 Kid-Friendly Appalachian Trail Hikes

Amicalola State Park in GA: AT Celebration & Backpacking Clinic, March 2-4, 2012

Dahlonega, GA: Appalachian Trail Festival, March 16-18, 2012

** Pictures from Dahlonega's 2102 AT Festival

Atlanta, GA: Right to Hike's Inaugural Spring Golf Classic, March 26, 2012

Franklin, NC: April Fool's Trail Days, Begins March 30, 2012

** Pictures from the 2012 April Fool's Trail Days

Bryson City, NC: Appalachian Trail Founder's Bridge Festival, Begins April 6, 2012

** Pictures from the 2012 AT Founder's Bridge Festival

Buena Vista & Glasgow, VA's AT Community Designation Day, Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hot Springs, NC: Trailfest 2012, Begins April 20, 2012

Front Royal, VA: Appalachian Trail Celebration, Begins April 21, 2012

Harpers Ferry, WV: Hiking Season Kickoff, May 5, 2012

Damascus, VA: Trail Days, Begins May 18, 2012

Bland County, VA: Festival of Trails, May 26, 2012

Troutville, VA: Trail Days, Begins Friday, June 1, 2012

Duncannon, PA: Appalachian Trail Festival, June 2, 2012

Gardners, PA: Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Weekend, Begins June 8, 2012

Warwick, NY: Appalachian Trail Community Day, June 30, 2012

Monson, ME: SummerFest, Begins July 20, 2012

Helen, GA: Unicoi State Park's Folk Life Festival, July 27 & 28, 2012

Boiling Springs, PA: Appalachian Trail's 75th Anniversary, August 1-4, 2012

Harpers Ferry, WV: Appalachian Trail's 75th Anniversary, August 11 & 12, 2012

Asheville, NC: Appalachian Trail Summer Games Celebration, August 14, 2012

Blacksburg, VA: Appalachian Trail's 75th Anniversary, August 14, 2012

Carrabassett, ME: Appalachian Trail's 75th Anniversary, August 18, 2012

Blairsville, GA: Mountain Heritage Festival, Labor Day Weekend

Georgia's Vogel State Park's Mountain Music Festival, Saturday, September 8, 2012

** Pictures from Vogel State Park's 2012 Mountain Music Festival

Abingdon, VA: Appalachian Trail Community Celebration, September 11, 2012

Ellijay/Gilmer County, GA: Appalachian Trail Community Celebration, September 14, 2012

Rangeley, ME: Appalachian Trail Community Celebration, September 15, 2012

Kent, Connecticut: Appalachian Trail Day, October 13, 2012

Cincinnati, Ohio: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, October 25, 2012

Knoxville, TN: Movie America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, October 27, 2012

Hartford, CT: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 1, 2012

Cambridge, MA: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 3, 2012

Charlotte, NC: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 7, 2012

Raleigh, NC: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 8, 2012

Blairsville, GA: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 9, 2012

Roanoke, VA: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 10, 2012

Tampa, FL: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 14, 2012

Washington, DC: Movie: America's Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail, November 15, 2012

Boonsboro, MD: JFK Ultramarathon on November 17, 2012

Helen, GA: AT Community Designation Day, November 30, 2012

** Pictures from Helen, GA's AT Community Designation Day

Harpers Ferry, WV: ATC's 10th Annual Open House, Saturday, December 1, 2012

** Pictures from ATC's Open House in Harpers Ferry, WV

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.