Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival

Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival

A wonderful celebration of the Appalachian Trail in the northern Virginia mountains. Join us in June to listen to hiking experts and enjoy live music—plus kids’ activities, food, and (of course) beverages from host venue B Chord Brewery. The natural amphitheater is the perfect festival setting and last year’s event was a great success. I’m pleased to […]

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.

What is the Tuscarora Trail?

Photo from Tuscarora Trail. ©2019 www.JeffRyanAuthor.com

Created in the 1960s as an alternative to the Appalachian Trail, the Tuscarora Trail runs 250 miles from Northern Virginia to Pennsylvania. The trail departs the AT near mile 21 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and rejoins the AT near Duncannon, Pennsylvania. Along the way, you hike long stretches along the Massanutten Range […]

New Book About Geraldine Largay’s Tragedy on the Appalachian Trail

As an AT hiker and a Mainer who is particularly familiar with the area where Geraldine Largay got lost on the AT, I am pleased to see a book coming out entitled When you Find My Body, that delves into the subject at greater length. For those unfamiliar with the story, Gerry Largay became lost […]

Appalachian Trail Towns and Festivals

Hillsboro/Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival

Much More than Resupply Points — About Appalachian Trail Towns and Festivals More than 50 towns near the Appalachian Trail have been recognized as AT Communities™. The people of these cities and towns serve a vital role for the hiking community — and for far more than resupplying food, doing laundry or recharging batteries (in […]