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Appalachian Trail

Four Hikes, Four Experiences

Max Cooper photo

Autumn is a fantastic time of year to hike the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The daytime temperatures are wonderfully cool and the air is clear of haze allowing for vistas that extend to the horizon. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

When Emma Gatewood finished the stitches on her denim bag, packed with an army blanket and a shower curtain, she told her family she was going on a walk, and then set out to do what no woman had done before. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Walking all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail is a dream for some. To make the trail more accessible, we’ve broken a few classic parts down into small trips in an occasional series called Appalachian Trail Weekends. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Hot Springs, North Carolina, and Damascus and Harper's Ferry, Virginia, offer wonderful amenities along with a walk down part of the Appalachian Trail. more

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Hiker on the A.T.

Holly Kays photo

The thru-hikers are easy to spot. I pick out three of them right away, spread out on a bench outside the outfitter’s store at Nantahala Outdoor Center. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

In 1955, Emma Gatewood made history as the first woman to finish a solo hike of the Appalachian Trail, a feat she accomplished at age 67—merely the beginning of her relationship with the famous footpath. more

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Damascus Trail Days

Town of Damascus photo

E.J. “Passover” Horrocks had never been backpacking in her life and had barely a shred of gear in her closet when she showed up at Trailfest in Hot Springs, N.C., a couple years ago. The festival’s culture of camaraderie and adventure called to her. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features