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National Park Service buys Cumberland County land, saving 'White Rocks' from development

May 13, 2011, 8:24 am
We’re almost at the top. Looking down at the pearly white rock for just the right ledge to push off from or the right handhold to grab onto, we navigate the rocky end of what was an uphill but otherwise-mild trail. Robin, our golden retriever guide, seems to know the ...

Man Hikes Appalachian Trail to Raise Money for Haiti

February 16, 2011, 12:49 pm
Ever think about hiking the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail? Well, numerous hikers are now doing it for a good cause. Richie Tice set out on the 2,179 mile Appalachian Trail to raise money for Haiti. Tice completed the journey in six months, leaving Georgia in April and arriving ...

Tales from the Appalachian Trail

August 2, 2010, 8:16 am
Why do hikers set foot on this 2,179-mile path? A new museum near the midpoint helps tell their stories. Karen Howser's braids give her the look of a mature Heidi. But instead of the fictional heroine's Swiss Alps, Howser is taking on the Appalachians and their famed 2,179-mile trail as ...

Think Quick! Appalachian Trail Quiz

June 24, 2010, 9:55 am
How many states does the Appalachian Trail cross? Know the answer? Submit it in the comments section below! We'll choose one correct answerer at random to receive a free pair of Leki custom hiking poles! Hint: Check out our Appalachian Trail page, especially our news stories, for ...

The Appalachian Trail: A Path to Adventures Large and Small

June 24, 2010, 9:20 am
The idea for a trail that spanned the Appalachian Mountains is not new, in fact, it was first proposed by conservationist Benton MacKaye in 1921. After a year of lobbying for its creation MacKaye and supporters were able to round up enough volunteers to blaze the trail from Maine ...

Things We Like: "Keith Wants to Walk the Appalachian Trail"

June 18, 2010, 6:58 am
One of our favorite photo blogs is "A Walk Through Durham Township, Pennsylvania." It documents the people, plants and animals of Durham Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and nearby areas. We absolute loved yesterday's photo: "Keith Wants to Walk the Appalachian ...

Grant helps Connect National Trails to Parks

April 6, 2009, 1:14 pm
Hikers, bikers and park enthusiasts will soon find it easier to visit national parks while exploring our National Trails System.Five new “Connect Trails to Parks” grants will help enhance the link between national parks and other public lands. The $333,000 in grant money is earmarked to five projects where ...

Hit the Trail

April 1, 2009, 10:30 am
It's more than 2,175 miles long and passes through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. It climbs mountains, plunges into river valleys and even finds its way into town from time to time. It provides ample opportunity to sprain or fracture things best left unmolested. It gets hot. It ...

Unwelcome Invaders on Appalachian Trail

September 17, 2008, 11:28 am
The Appalachian Trail is a haven for thousands of hikers annually. However, the Trail is also home to other – unwelcome – guests: invasive plants. To rid the Trail of these harmful species, The Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, Connecticut AT Committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Appalachian ...

Climb led to hankering for hiking

July 29, 2008, 8:51 am
It all began with a hike up Mount Wachusett when he was 16. Since then, Philip J. Carcia, 24, has managed to hike all 92 miles of the Mid-State Trail in Massachusetts, the 275 miles of the Long Trail in Vermont, and is now more than two-thirds of the ...