Appalachian Trail – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Appalachian TrailThe Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.[1] The precise length of the trail changes over time as trails are modified or added. The total length is approximately 2,200 miles (3,500 km)[a]. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships,[2] and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy.[3][4] The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers.

The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Many books, memoirs, web sites and fan organizations are dedicated to this pursuit.

An unofficial extension known as the International Appalachian Trail continues north into Canada and to the end of the range, where it enters the Atlantic Ocean, whereas unofficial extensions heading south into Florida create what is known as the Eastern Continental Trail.

The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail form what is known as the Triple Crown of long distance hiking in the United States.[5][6]

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Our Mission

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission 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

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision is to connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.

We are committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and inspiration. We strive to create an ever-expanding community of doers and dreamers, and work to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.

Our Values

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is guided by a set of core values that represent the organization’s commitment to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail.  We pursue our mission and vision by our dedication to:

Volunteerism and Community Support: We exist through the generosity, talents, and support of our members, supporters, and our volunteers: the very soul of the Trail.

Spirit of Cooperation: We cherish our partnerships with agencies, communities, clubs, volunteers, students, and citizens. We collaborate to achieve a common goal.

We seek to minimize our impact on the environment and incorporate the ideals of sustainability in our everyday operations.

Integrity: We act honorably in accordance with the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.  We always hold ourselves responsible to fulfill our mission to the public.

Passion for Excellence:
We are determined to be the best at what we do as individuals and as an organization. We are passionate about our work and strive for excellence.

Creativity & Innovation:
We recognize the importance of innovation. We work hard to improve and become more effective in all of our endeavors.

Empowerment: We strive to empower staff and volunteers to achieve personal and professional fulfillment in their lives.

Health and Safety: We apply the highest standards of health and safety to our work practices. We expect our partners to do the same.

Enjoyment: We value our work as a source of enjoyment and satisfaction. We are proud of the Trail and the growing A.T. community.

Diversity: We are committed to supporting and sustaining a diverse organization that is fair, inclusive, and respectful.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and
Visitor Center 

799 Washington Street
P.O. Box 807 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807
Phone: 304.535.6331
Fax: 304.535.2667
Visitor Center Hours: 9am – 5pm daily, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
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New England Regional Office
Kellogg Conservation Center 
P.O. Box 264
South Egremont, MA 01258
Phone: 413-528-8002
Fax: 413-528-8003
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Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
4 East First Street
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Phone: 717.258.5771
Fax: 717.258.1442
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Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Office
110 Southpark Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
P.O. Box 174, Blacksburg, VA 24063
Phone: 540.953.3571
Fax: 540.552.4376
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Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee Regional Office

160A Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828.254.3708
Fax: 828.254.3754
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Phone: 888.AT.STORE | 888.287.8673
Fax: (304) 724-8386

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HIKE for Mental Health

Hiking on backcountry trails helps many people re-connect with nature and with places within themselves that get obscured in the daily hustle and bustle. A few days in the solitude of the trail re-grounds them and helps preserve their mental health.

For people battling mental illness, however, the path to mental health is rarely so simple. Mental illness affects 1 out of 4 families in the United States, leaving those who suffer from it and their families searching for answers, cures and treatments that will allow them to experience the simple joy of living.

The mission of HIKE for Mental Health

  1. Increase public awareness of the challenges and suffering faced by those afflicted by mental illness and their families.
  2. Increase public appreciation for and responsible use of wilderness trails.
  3. Raise funds, principally by coordinating fundraising wilderness hikes, in order to
    1. prevent and alleviate the pain caused by mental illness
    2. maintain and preserve wilderness trails

In distributing its net proceeds, HIKE for Mental Health will direct

  • Eighty percent to scientific research to prevent, cure, or treat mental illness
  • Twenty percent to preserve wilderness trails

Our Partners in the Mission

For 2012 HIKE for Mental Health has selected The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation as its principal beneficiary. Support for wilderness trails will be directed to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. These organizations are top-notch, well-run nonprofit groups that, like HIKE for Mental Health, know how to get the most bang for their buck.

HIKE for Mental Health.