The AP Trail

Managing the Appalachian National Scenic Trail corridor in Norwich VT

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Meeting has been rescheduled for Dec 12, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Montshire Museum

Are you wondering about the signs posted in the Appalachian Trail corridor in Norwich? 

Come learn about how and why the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and its adjoining corridor are managed the way they are, and how Norwich fits into the fabric of a Trail that reaches 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine.

A presentation by Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Regional Director, Hawk Metheny, and other regional Appalachian Trail Conservancy regional staff will be followed by a question and answer session with representatives from Green Mountain National Forest and Green Mountain Club.

Light refreshments will be provided.

New Date, Time, and Venue:

Wednesday, December 12


Montshire Museum Community Room

Please contact:

Katie Mann
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Office Administrator & Outreach Coordinator
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
158 Sweetwater Drive
White River Junction, VT 05001
Phone: 802.281.5894
Fax: 802.281.5890

In the office Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday 9am-4:30pm

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. To become a member, volunteer, or learn more, visit

The below photos were part of a previous "AT" story that I did a few months ago, and I thought they were relevant to this story so I included them here.

Gigi and Gutcheck at AT Conservancy

John Brown's Fort sign

Great Smokey Mountains scene on the Trail

Looking ahead to the next stop

I have taken the below info from their web-site and the List Serve posting to provide you with some facts:

Click on to get the rest of the story

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

Photos below provided by me.

Looks like they made it to the finish line OK

Known as the “A.T.”, more than 3 million people visit the Trail every year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire footpath in a single year. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons, such as reconnecting with nature, escaping the stress of city life, meeting new people or deepening old friendships, or experiencing a simpler life.

Completed in 1937, the A.T. is a unit of the National Park System. It is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Fun Facts


  • Over 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.
  • The A.T. has hundreds of access points and is within a few hours drive of millions of Americans, making it a popular destination for day-hikers.
  • “Thru-hikers” walk the entire Trail in a continuous journey. “Section-hikers” piece the entire Trail together over years. “Flip-floppers” thru-hike the entire trail in discontinuous sections to avoid crowds or extremes in weather, or to start on easier terrain.
  • 1 in 4 who attempt a thru-hike successfully completes the journey
  • Most thru-hikers walk north, starting in Georgia in spring and finishing in Maine in fall, taking an average of 6 months.
  • Foods high in calories and low in water weight, such as Snickers bars and Ramen Noodles, are popular with backpackers, who can burn up to 6,000 calories a day.
  • Hikers usually adopt “trail names” while hiking the Trail. They are often descriptive or humorous. Examples are “Eternal Optimist,” “Thunder Chicken,” and “Crumb-snatcher". 


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