Appalachian Trail Conservancy Launches “Lodging Give Back” Program

Date Published: Jan 27, 2012

Harpers Ferry, WV (January 27, 2012) - The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recently announced its “Lodging Give Back” program that offers travelers the opportunity to help support the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) by staying at select lodges. The program was announced last Saturday, January 20th, at the Bavarian Inn and Restaurant in Shepherdstown, WV, during the retirement celebration of David Startzell, ATC’s Executive Director. The Bavarian Inn will serve as the first establishment to offer this “giving back” program to its patrons.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with businesses like the Bavarian Inn to help spread awareness and raise support for the Appalachian Trail”, said Amy McCormick, Corporate and Foundation Manager of the ATC.

The program offers the opportunity for hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts along the A.T. to donate a portion of their sales to support ATC’s mission. Patrons will have the option to donate a part of their stay to help support the ATC and maintainer club efforts in order to conserve the footpath, viewsheds, and environmental & cultural resources along the A.T.

Christian Asam, owner and president of the Bavarian Inn, stated, ”The Bavarian Inn is proud to help support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy by showcasing to our guests our commitment to the protection and preservation of the Appalachian Trail.”

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is approximately 2,185 miles in length, ranging from Maine to Georgia, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpath in the world.  Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 cumulative hours each year on Trail-related work and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the A.T.  

For more information about the “Lodging Give Back” program, please contact Amy McCormick at 304-535-6331 x123 or at [email protected].

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy 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. For more information please visit

About the Bavarian Inn

The Bavarian Inn is a romantic country chalet offering European elegance and authentic Bavarian cuisine from its scenic location overlooking the Potomac River. The charming and historic inn is owned by the Asam family, who maintain the highest standard in hospitality, gourmet dining and guest comfort. There are 72 luxuriously appointed rooms featuring gas fireplaces and whirlpool baths among their amenities. Located in historic Shepherdstown, W.V. the alpine-style inn is only an hour from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and minutes from Harpers Ferry, Appalachian Trail, Antietam Battlefield and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. For more information please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.6331
Email: [email protected]

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