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posted Mar 16, 2018

Trail Towns: Creating Memorable Destinations for Trail Users

Enhancing communities to benefit more from trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

categories: long-distance trails
tags: travel & tourism, bicycle, long-distance trails, thru-hiking

posted Sep 6, 2018

Studying impacts of visitor use on the Appalachian Trail

Visitor use impacts associated with the Appalachian Trail include use of the footpath itself, overnight use areas (both designated and bootleg), and human waste management.

categories: long-distance trails
tags: mud and erosion, huts and backcountry shelter systems, hiking, long-distance trails

posted Aug 2, 2018

FAQ: When and where to use blazes or markers

by American Trails Staff

Best practices for blaze marking along trails

categories: long-distance trails
tags: faq, signs, cairns, trailheads, hiking, long-distance trails

posted Aug 2, 2018

FAQ: The difference between a National Historic, Scenic and Recreation Trail

by American Trails Staff

The difference is usually ones of scale, significance, and administration responsibility and how they are designated.

categories: long-distance trails
tags: faq, historic, long-distance trails, thru-hiking

posted Jul 17, 2018

FAQ: What are the BEST hiking trails?

by American Trails Staff

Top 10 hiking trails

categories: long-distance trails
tags: faq, editorial, volunteers, hiking, long-distance trails, thru-hiking

posted Apr 24, 2018

Closing Gaps in the East Coast Greenway

by Chuck Flink with Greenways Incorporated

The ECG Alliance focuses on completing the long-distance system of trails and bike routes.

categories: long-distance trails
tags: greenways and open space, gis mapping, long-distance trails, thru-hiking

posted Apr 23, 2018

Partnership works to improve Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain State Park

Partners work to develop volunteers skills to improve heavily-used sections of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

categories: long-distance trails
tags: partnerships, volunteers, conservation corps, youth corps, hiking, long-distance trails

posted Feb 4, 2020

Appalachian Trail Conservation Guidebook

by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

A Conservation Guidebook For Communities Along The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

categories: long-distance trails
tags: conservation and environment, long-distance trails, thru-hiking

posted Nov 19, 2019

Small Business Owners Along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Say Trails are Vital to the Economy

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition surveyed 200 small business owners along the CDT and found that 86% say trails are vital to the economy of their communities.

categories: long-distance trails
tags: economic, benefits of trails, travel & tourism, long-distance trails

posted Nov 16, 2018

Discovering the North Country Trail

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Dedicated volunteers are working to improve and complete the trail that runs across seven northern states.

categories: long-distance trails
tags: long-distance trails, thru-hiking

Related Pages and Dedicated Sections

posted Mar 27, 2018

National Scenic Trails

National Scenic Trail is a designation for trails that consist of trails of particular natural beauty. They are among America's most iconic trails.

tags: national trails system (nts), national scenic trails (nst), long-distance trails, thru-hiking, backpacking, national trails system act

Results from the Business Directory

Pacific Northwest Trail Association

We created the Pacific Northwest Trail and advocated for its place in our National Trails System — the gold standard for long-distance trails in America. Today, we strive to build a better PNT and to improve access with ...


Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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.

799 Washington Street, PO Box 807, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425-0807
(304) 535-6331 • [email protected]

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and...

PO Box 50, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-6278