Hiking and Mental Health

Really enjoyed my wide-ranging chat with Jay Barone of The Curiosity Chamber podcast about the importance of green space and getting outdoors as it relates to our well-being. 

Green Mountain National Forest adds 2,100 acres

The new acquisition includes a variety of streams and bogs. (US Forest Service photo.) The Trust for Public Land has facilitated the purchase of over 2,100 acres in southern Vermont in proximity to the Appalachian Trail.  The forest land adjoining existing Green Mountain National Forest lands includes 688 acres in northeast Pownal, 1,251 acres in […]

Interview with the Round Hill AT Festival Team

I had a wonderful interview with the organizers of the upcoming Round Hill Appalachian Trail festival about my newest book. I look forward to taking part in the festival again this year on June 11th, where I’ll be sharing secrets about eating healthy meals on the trail, planning trips, and more. 

This Land Was Saved for You and Me

This Land Was Saved for you and me cover

My new Hardcover traces the 100-year arc from the realization that the protection of public lands was vital to the signage of the 1964 Wilderness Act.

Do you enjoy a good story about the outdoors?

Mark Madison, USFWS historian, gets the lowdown on five very different books about exploring the outdoors and America’s conservation history. 2022 is a big year for upcoming projects, with new videos due out soon and a new hardcover book coming out this fall. Please stay tuned. You can learn where to order existing books here […]

Three “Made in USA” Gifts that Give Back

I’m always on the lookout for new gear. This year, even with a limited travel schedule, I was thrilled to discover some American companies that are keeping the tradition of designing and manufacturing gear alive. One thing the three companies featured here have in common (other than making smartly designed gear and clothing) is that […]

New Podcast Explores History of the Appalachian Trail

Professor Mills Kelly of George Mason University and his team have put together a wonderful podcast series about the history of the Appalachian Trail. If you’ve ever wondered how the trail came into being or what went on behind the scenes to get it built, this is a great place to start. I look forward […]

The 100-year trail — AT Celebrates 100th birthday

Photo of Appalachian Trail near Duncannon, Pennsylvania. ©2017, www.JeffRyanAuthor.com

This year the Appalachian Trail marks its first century in existence. Holly Kays wrote a wonderful piece contrasting the story of the iconic trail’s origin and life on the trail today in the Smoky Mountain News.