The Appalachian Trail is Coming to Theaters this Fall

Date Published: Sep 28, 2012

 Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (September 28, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will be showing the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at 10 different theaters across the country between October 25, 2012 and November 15, 2012 as part of their 2012 membership drive. All proceeds will go towards the protection and management of the Trail. This limited engagement is in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the completion of the A.T.

Stretching from Maine to Georgia, the A.T. is approximately 2,180 miles in length, making it one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world. The film explores the natural beauty and splendor of the Trail and provides viewers the opportunity to discover the remote, and often unknown, corners of this 5-million-step journey. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear real-life stories from the people who have hiked the Trail as well as those who volunteer to protect and maintain it.

Each location will feature a unique set of guest speakers. Some guest speakers include Jeff Alt, 2,000-miler, teacher, motivational speaker and award-winning author of A Walk for Sunshine and A Hike for Mike; Captains Sean Gobin and Mark Silvers, founders of Warrior Hike, 2012 thru hikers, and US Veterans; Bill O’Brien, 2,000-miler, former ATC Board Member, and longtime Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association member; Trevor “Zero Zero” Thomas, accomplished blind long-distance hiker, author and motivational speaker; and Dennis “K1” Blanchard, long-distance hiker and author of Three Hundred Zereos.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to present this film on the big screen,” stated Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  “This event provides the public with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Appalachian Trail and how to get involved with the Conservancy through our membership and volunteer programs.”

Raffles and prizes will be awarded throughout the event. In addition, the winning submission from the ATC’s “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” summer video contest will be revealed.

With a suggested donation of $30.00, attendees can reserve their seats by visiting Each ticket includes a new membership or gift membership to the ATC. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.

The organization hopes to gain 750 new members in honor of 75 years of the Trail’s completion. Every dollar raised will help the ATC’s efforts to preserve and manage the A.T., ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow and for centuries to come.
Discover the Appalachian Trail 2012 Membership Drive
Cincinnati, OH
October 25, 2012, 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Esquire Theatre
320 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

Knoxville, TN
October 27, 2012, 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.
Hall Cinema 7
3800 Neal Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

Hartford, CT
November 1, 2012, 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater
330 New Park Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

Cambridge, MA
November 3, 2012, 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Charlotte, NC
November 7, 2012, 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
The Charlotte Crownpoint Theater
9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28270

Raleigh, NC 
November 8, 2012, 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
The Raleigh Grande Theater
4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27613

Blairsville, GA
November 9, 2012, 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Union County Historical Society
3 Main Street, Blairsville, Georgia 30512

Roanoke, VA
November 10, 2012, 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Grandin Theatre
1310 Grandin Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24015

Tampa, FL
November 14, 2012, 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Muvico Starlight 20
18002 Highwood Preserve Parkway, Tampa, Florida 33647

Washington, DC
November 15, 2012, 8:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC  20015

– $30 suggested donation per ticket
– Free admission for children 12 and under

Featured Film: National Geographic’s America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail

– Admission to view the National Geographic film America’s Wild Spaces: The Appalachian Trail
– Hear stories from the men and women who hike and volunteer on the Trail
– View the winning submission from the ATC’s “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” video contest
– Free membership or gift membership to the ATC 
– Win great prizes

This event is sponsored by the Walkabout Outfitter and Salazon Chocolate Co.

For more information about the ATC’s 2012 membership drive or to reserve your seat, visit: Enter PROMO CODE: PRATC12 to receive $5 off your reservation.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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. For more information, please

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 ext.117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]


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  1. Caleb Vines | Sep 16, 2013
    I wish it would be shown in the Anniston, AL area!
  2. Johan | Jan 11, 2013
    I've been behind you since Springer Mtn. I heard talk about the trievlang circus , especially Lightening . I was pleased to find your blog on a day exactly as you describe. I planned on hiking into Vernon, but was stopped by the mayor as I walked out of town after consuming a sandwich, soda, and ice cream. So here I am at the same hostel, some three weeks later. (I think at one point I was only a week behind, but hey, I'm old) Best wishes for the remainder of your hike. Hope to meet you one of the reunions (Gathering or Traildays). Redhat
  3. Toni | Dec 01, 2012
    Nan Scum - I am so glad you posted that moieldng picture of me! The bears were so much bigger in real life than they look in the picture. It is a really good thing your boys didn\'t obey you and get out of the car to see the bears July 9, 2008 8:20 PM
  4. Peter Quinter | Sep 30, 2012


    I wish you would show the movie in South Florida somewhere - Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach.  I am an ATC member, and avid backpacker. I just purchased The Appalachian Trail 75th anniversary book.  

    Keep up the great work!

    Peter Quinter 

    305 416-6960

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