Tips for hiking on the Appalachian Trail During Hunting Season

Some people assume that hunting is not allowed on the Appalachian Trail. It’s a dangerous assumption to make. The fact is that hunting is only forbidden on the 900 or so miles of the Trail that cross National Park Service land. Wherever you are hiking, it’s easy to imagine that you will be safe if […]

The Appalachian Trail was a Start-up

Photo of Benton MacKaye's original map of the Appalachian Trail. Used by permission. Source: The American Institute of Architects Archives, Washington, D.C.

The Dreamer The year was 1921. A 42-year-old forester and land use planner named Benton MacKaye came up with a remarkable, progressive idea — to build a super trail that would travel across a dozen states, from Mount Mitchell in Tennessee to Mount Washington in New Hampshire. He pitched the idea to a friend, who […]