Stomach Virus Hits Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, NC
The US Forest Service has issued an alert: Hikers may want to avoid sections of the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, NC, especially the stretch running north to the TN-VA border. A number of hikers have been sickened by a severe, 24-hour stomach virus. More »
Nature & Science
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail traverses the Appalachian Mountain chain from central Maine to northern Georgia, for a distance of approximately 2,180 miles. The trail's length, north-south alignment, changes in elevation, and the numerous peaks and ridges it crosses along this ancient mountain chains has resulted in one of the most biodiverse units of the National Park System.
To learn more about how NPS manages resources along the trail, see the Resource Management Plan for Appalachian Trail located on our Park Planning page.
Learn about some of the plants and wildlife along trail visit ATC's plants & wildlife page, located HERE.
Did You Know?
More than 6,000 individual volunteers contribute more than 195,000 hours each year towards the protection, maintenance, and promotion of the Appalachian Trail.