Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

39th annual ALDHA Gathering

The 39th annual Gathering of long-distance hikers, friends, and A.T. dreamers will reconvene on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 8-11, 2021 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia.

The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association is to:

  • Represent and promote the welfare of the Appalachian long-distance hiking community;
  • Provide service in a cooperative spirit with other Appalachian hiking organizations;
  • Provide education on the use and preservation of Appalachian long-distance trails;
  • And provide opportunities for interaction and camaraderie within the Appalachian long-distance hiking community.

The gathering is a great place to meet people with a yen for hiking — wherever adventure leads them — and learning about other trail systems, both in the USA and abroad. Come feed your dream factory!

Author Jeffrey Ryan will be at the gathering to share some stories about the origin of the Appalachian Trail and will be there for the duration.

The event is finished.

Oct 08 - 11 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Abingdon, VA
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
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