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We are the guardians of the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, the Appalachian Trail.

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

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The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

Known as the “A.T.”, more than 3 million people visit the Trail every year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire footpath in a single year. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons, such as reconnecting with nature, escaping the stress of city life, meeting new people or deepening old friendships, or experiencing a simpler life.

Completed in 1937, the A.T. is a unit of the National Park System. It is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


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THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY



Established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) leads the effort to protect, maintain and celebrate the A.T. We are part of a unique cooperative-management system, working with numbers of local, state and federal partners to ensure greater protections for the Trail. Our partners include the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, dozens of state agencies and 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs.

The ATC is largely funded by its more than 42,000 members and over 600,000 supporters located throughout all 50 states and in more than 15 countries. Their support ensures that the one-of-a-kind A.T. hiking experience is protected from development, increasing use of the outdoors and other dangers.

Our mission is to is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.


OUR VISION & VALUES

WHAT WE DO

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Educate

We prepare and educate millions of visitors each year as they explore the natural and cultural wonders of the Trail. We promote outdoor ethics to minimize the impact visitors have on the environment. We engage our supporters on issues important for protecting the A.T. experience.

 

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Protect

We work to ensure that the Trail is protected forever through public engagement, broader landscape protection, and best Trail management practices. We manage more than 250,000 acres that protects fresh drinking water, culturally and historically significant landscapes, threatened and endangered species, and recreation-driven economies.

 

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Empower

We empower the next generation of A.T. stewards, engaging the youth and rallying local communities to help protect the Trail. Through our programs and partnerships, we support over 6,000+ volunteers that maintain and care for the A.T. and its surrounding lands. 

 

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OUR PLAN OF ACTION

It takes serious planning to maintain more than 250,000 acres of A.T. land, support over 3 million visitors each year and ensure the continued protection of America’s premier hiking experience. The following priorities help guide our way as we continue in our mission to preserve the Trail as a destination for all to enjoy and admire.

Effective Stewardship


Effective Stewardship

We serve as the leading voice for the A.T., which requires us to develop new partnerships and strengthen current ones to ensure the Trail itself is properly maintained and protected.


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Proactive Protection


Proactive Protection

As development speeds ahead, special places like the A.T. can sometimes be overlooked — and once they’re gone, they’re gone. We are constantly looking for ways to strengthen the protection of the Trail’s natural and cultural resources.


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Broader Relevancy


Broader Relevancy

The A.T. is often referred to as “The People’s Trail” for a reason: it serves as an escape for people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences. We seek to introduce the Trail to the new generation of outdoor lovers, as well as recruit and train a new generation of stewards for the Trail and other public lands.


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Engaged Partners


Engaged Partners

Protecting the Trail is a huge undertaking, and we can’t do it alone — finding new partners that share our passion for preserving our natural treasures is essential for ensuring the continued preservation of the A.T.


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Strengthen Capacity


Strengthened Capacity & Operational Excellence

By increasing our resources and maximizing our efficiency, we will be better equipped to tackle the challenges that face the A.T. in the years to come.


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Our History

Established in 1925 to build a continuous footpath from Georgia to Maine, the ATC has evolved over many decades to adapt to new conservation practices and confront  a variety of threats to the hiking experience. Our passion for the Appalachian Trail and its surrounding lands, however, remains the same.


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ATC Staff

From Georgia to Maine, we are united in our passion for protecting and celebrating the Appalachian Trail.


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BOARD AND LEADERSHIP


Board of Directors

Our 15-member Board works closely with staff to help us achieve our mission of protecting the A.T.


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Stewardship Council

Our Stewardship Council assists our conservation department with policy and program development.


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President's Advisory Circle

Our President's Advisory Circle is a diverse group of individuals who provide thoughtful leadership and outreach to help us fulfill our 5-year Strategic Plan.


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Next Generation Advisory Council

Our Next-Gen Advisory Council helps us reach younger audiences and encourage them to become involved in A.T. management and preservation.


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REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

We work with a variety of regional partners, including government agencies, Trail Maintaining Clubs, A.T. Communities and Regional Partnership Committees. These partners span the four geographical regions of the Trail and represent 14 different states.


OUR PARTNERSHIPS


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31 TRAIL MAINTAINING CLUBS

Our 31 Trail Maintaining Clubs are responsible for most of the day-to-day work of keeping the A.T. open. In addition to Trail maintenance, club volunteers build and repair shelters and other structures, monitor and protect the Trail corridor, monitor and manage rare plants and invasive species, develop management plans for their sections, and much, much more.


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ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

Our supporters trust us in managing the money they donate. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of financial accountability, and we willingly provide our audited financial statements, annual report and Form 990.


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Careers

Named one of Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work in 2014, the ATC is always looking for motivsated individuals dedicated to conservation and America's great outdoors.

 

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Internships

Our interns don't fetch coffee — they learn valuable skills necessary for successful careers in conservation, communications, and project management.

 

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ATC Internship Program

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MEDIA ROOM

If you're a reporter (or just curious), we've compiled interesting stats, facts and more for you here.


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GET IN TOUCH

Whether you have a question or want to tell us about your hike, we want to hear from you!


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