Jared Shields

Position: Trail Information Specialist

Jared serves as the Trail Information Specialist, based out of Harpers Ferry, West Virgina.
Jared is from Charlotte, North Carolina where he received his Bachelor's degree in December 2015 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in cultural anthropology. Following graduation, he embraced adventure by successfully thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail northbound in 2016. The experience had such a profound impact that he decided to return to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as a social media marketing intern, focusing on creating social content aimed at engaging and inspiring the ATC's large international audience. Following his internship, he joined the ATC Information team, where he utilizes his Appalachian Trail expertise to answer wide-ranging inquiries about the Trail and refine content on appalachiantrail.org. In his spare time, Jared enjoys hiking, backpacking, and exploring the Harpers Ferry area.