Footpath for the People

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.       

An overlook along the A.T. overlooking a mountain range in the distance.

Hike the A.T.

On the A.T. there are endless hiking opportunities from Georgia to Maine, plan your visit now!

Close up of two people working with picks to move a large rock on the trail.


Volunteers are the backbone of the Appalachian Trail. Find a club near you to get involved and make a difference.

A.T. Partners stand on McAfee Knob

Clubs & Partners

The A.T.'s continued existence is due to the hard work donated by volunteers, clubs, and partners each year.

Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service in 2016 by hiking 100 miles on the A.T.!

A.T. Hike100 Centennial Event

To honor the National Park Service 2016 Centennial, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is hosting the A.T. Hike100 Challenge.

Last updated: April 6, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Appalachian Trail Park Office
P.O. Box 50

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-6278

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