Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

The Forests & the Trees: A Brief History of Our National Forests

The story of the creation of America’s system of national forests is fascinating from a number of perspectives. At various times, cultural, geographic, economic, and political winds either blew strongly against the idea or put just the slightest breeze behind the effort to place some forest land under federal protection. Yet, even after some forest […]

Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. Almost 130 tears later, we still don’t. A world traveler who spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It […]

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 […]

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 […]

Williamsburg Book Festival

Maine author Jeffrey Ryan has been selected to participate in the 2021 Williamsburg Book Festival, to be held on October 2, 2021. It will be Ryan’s second appearance at the event, which was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Ryan is thrilled to participate in the event, which is held rain or shine and […]