Appalachian Trail Communities

A Network of Trailside Communities


North Adams: Newest AT Community!

Upper Valley Land Trust Preserves Norwich Parcel | Valley News

Norwich — The Upper Valley Land Trust says it has acquired conservation easements to protect more than 70 acres of

Source: Upper Valley Land Trust Preserves Norwich Parcel | Valley News

Next Gen Advice for the Trail

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Be a Stewardship Hero   *  Build Community     *   Inspire Future Adventures

Next Generation Advisory Council

The world-famous Appalachian Trail (A.T.), with its unparalleled scenic beauty and opportunities for adventure, can’t take care of itself. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the National Park Service are charged with protecting the Trail, now and for future generations. We need YOU to advise us on how to reach the next generation of Trail guardians and engage them in protecting this wondrous Trail.  Become a member of the Next Generation Advisory Council and help us build a powerful voice for the People’s Path: The Appalachian Trail!

What is the Next Generation Advisory Council?
The Next Generation Advisory Council, under the tutelage of the ATC Stewardship Council, helps to shape policies, campaigns, and strategies in order to safeguard the Appalachian Trail’s future as a recreational, environmental, historical, and wellness asset for the world.

The Next Generation Advisory Council will create a mission, vision, governance structure, and descriptive role for current and future Council members to follow.

To support the goal of broader relevancy, a facet of ATC’s new Strategic Plan, the 10-member Council will:

  • Find pathways to increase youth involvement within ATC and on the Trail
  • Add and strengthen diverse participation in ATC’s management structure
  • Provide opportunities for youth to contribute to, experience, and learn from Trail managers and partners
  • Advise and inform ATC on partnership opportunities
  • Be ambassadors and leaders for A.T. stewardship in their communities
  • Infuse a younger and more diverse voice into ATC programs and policies designed to encourage membership, advocacy, and leadership


  • Council members will participate in a Training and Orientation workshop weekend which will include:
    • An introduction to the Cooperative Management System
    • Workshops on the conservation and stewardship concerns of the A.T.
    • Leave No Trace education and trail maintenance stewardship

Commitment and Qualifications

  • One year term commitment
  • Communicate quarterly via Skype meetings
  • Must be between the ages of 18-30
  • Attend training meeting (tentatively May 5-6), and -if funding allows- the Volunteer Leadership Meeting August 26-28.


Next Generation Advisory Council members will join an organization that has worked cooperatively for more than 90 years with land managers and agencies, non-profits, communities, and thousands of volunteers. Professional development includes the opportunity to learn from ATC staff, as well as members of ATC’s Stewardship Council, Regional Partnership Committees, 31 Trail Maintaining Clubs, leaders in designated AT Communities, and agency partners.  Questions? Contact Julie Judkins

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A Place To Start

We believe that the place to start… is in our communities. Americans living together and joining in associations across the country-this is where the tremendous strength and vision of our people will be tapped. We recommend a prairie fire of local action to sweep the nation, encouraging investment in outdoor recreation opportunities and rededication to the protection of our great natural heritage. – President’s commission on Americans outdoors, Americans and the outdoors, 1987.

Harlem Valley’s New Brochure!

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Appalachian Trail 2015

New Town Manager in Monson

The fact that Monson is a favorite destination for Appalachian Trail hikers was another factor in Butler’s decision to pursue a job in the community. “The AT is the town’s biggest asset,” he said. “So I’m going to do what I can to help bring new business to the community.” – Posted from Bangor Daily News article 


Read more about the new Town Manager in the Bangor Daily News article here.


Malvern scouts meet Warrior Hikers on Appalachian Trail

A small group of boy scouts from Malvern Troop 7 traveled to Duncannon, Pennsylvania to meet up with the 2014 Warrior Hikers on the Appalachian Trail. From left are, Shane Johnston, Vicki Sharpless, Cas Szupica, Jesse ëThe Vikingí Swensgard, Matt Lanetti, Matt ëMachineí Donnelly, Brody Plourde, Richie Cavallaro, Joe ëQTí Young, Cosmo Brown, Cecil ëStitchí Thayer, Todd ëBig Footí Rogers & David Lanetti Courtesy Photo


On June 20, a small group of boy scouts from Malvern Troop 7 traveled to Duncannon, Pennsylvania to meet up with the 2014 Warrior Hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

The Warrior Hike ‘Walk off the War’ program is in its third year, the brainchild of U.S. Marine Sean Gobin who walked the entire 2,185 mile trail in 2012 to raise funds to purchase vehicles for disabled veterans. However, he recognized the therapeutic effects of this trek and decided the program would better serve as a way for veterans to decompress after their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year, the program has expanded to include not only the Appalachian Trail, but also the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. On March 17, 14 veterans began the hike northward from Georgia toward Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

Malvern Troop 7 became involved with the Warrior Hike program when Troop Committee Chairperson, Vicki Sharpless, challenged the scouts to raise $1,800 – the cost to sponsor one hiker for the 6-month trek. She had heard about Warrior Hike in 2013 and had followed the program through Facebook.

The scouts and their families and friends surpassed the goal, raising approximately $2,500. In fact, two of the scouts, Richie Cavallaro and Brody Plourde, raised almost $2,000 of the total with the help of the students and families of St. Norbert School in Paoli.

Scouts Cavallaro, Plourde, Cas Szupica, Shane Johnston and Matthew Lanetti, along with leaders Sharpless and David Lanetti, made their way to the sleepy town of Duncannon, north of Harrisburg at the junction of the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers.

The group met up there with the six remaining Warrior Hikers. The scouts and veterans formed a quick bond and shared hiking stories and other experiences. The scouts joined the veterans in their welcome ceremony, riding on fire trucks through the town and attending the evening’s community dinner at the local American Legion hall.

That night as the scouts and veterans parted ways, a promise was made. These new heroes – with trail names The Viking, Stitch, Cosmo, QT, Big Foot and Machine – plan to take a photo of themselves with a Troop 7 shirt at the top of Mt. Katahdin at the end of their journey, and the Troop 7 scouts will be cheering them the whole way.

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Hanover Shines!

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