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the appalachian trail community program

The Appalachian Trail Community™ program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by all that use the A.T., and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the A.T.

Delaware Water Gap A.T. Community

Designation as an A​.T. Community™ and participation in the program is aimed to:

  • Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the Trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning 
  • Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset

AT Community Designation 

​Short Term Benefits

- National designation network and communication
- Recognition and visibility through signage, press releases and the ATC's website and publications
- Enhanced partnerships with public land agencies and volunteers
- Teacher eligibility for an ATC place-based education and service learning program


​​Long Term Benefits

- Increased community environmental stewardship
- Increased sense of place and cultural sustainability
- Trail-friendly promotion through ATC-assisted marketing techniques

​A.T. Community™ Blog

Stay engaged with what other communities are doing.


View a list of suggested activities for successful A.T. Community™ outreach.

​Become an A.T. Community™

Access the application to become an A.T. community™.

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