Appalachian Trail Conservancy Puts New Official Length of the Appalachian Trail at 2,189.2 Miles

Date Published: Jan 15, 2015

Harpers Ferry, WV (Jan. 15, 2015) – Re-measurements and relocations of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) have brought the total mileage of the footpath to 2,189.2 miles, an increase of 3.9 miles from last year’s mileage of 2,185.3. This mileage is carefully documented in the Trail’s official guidebooks, which include the Appalachian Trail Data Book and the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Companion. Both books are published by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Every year, the latest mileage and shelter information is updated from volunteers who are constantly improving the Trail, with volunteer Daniel D. Chazin of Teaneck, N.J. leading the efforts since 1983. This year, more than half of the changes in the mileage are in southwest Virginia, with 2 miles added to the total following a re-measurement by volunteers.

Increases were also reported in New York-New Jersey (0.1 mile); central Virginia (0.1 mile); Tennessee-North Carolina (1.5 miles); and North Carolina-Georgia (0.2 mile).

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s guidebooks are invaluable planning resources for any Appalachian Trail hiker, whether they are out for a day hike or hiking the entire length from Maine to Georgia,” said Laurie Potteiger, information services manager for the ATC. “These guides contain the latest information from volunteers who measure, maintain and manage the Trail and those who hike it regularly.”

Current editions of official A.T. guidebooks and maps are available from the Ultimate A.T. Store at www.atctrailstore.org or by calling 1.888.287.8673.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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 www.appalachiantrail.org.

Contact:
Javier Folgar                                                                     
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.885.0481
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org





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  1. Joseph Gadow,( Joe Camo) | Aug 09, 2015
     Now where is the geographic midway point. Is it north or south of Woodrow Road, and how far?
  2. Jordan Shenefield | Mar 18, 2015
    Hello Javier.  We met when you were here in Atlanta, introducing the AT film and AT game (back in October I believe).  I am on the GATC Info and Ed committee, and will be making a presentation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in a couple of weeks.  I was wondering if you could send me the lastest .ppt preso that ATC is doing (probably focusing on the 5 point strategic plan).  But if you also have anything about AT history, hiker counts, LNT and safety on the AT, I would appreciate that also.

    Feel free to call me with any questions.  770-331-8278.  Thanks Javier.  Jordan

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