Video Contest

“Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?”

Some hike the Appalachian Trail to test personal boundaries of mental and physical endurance. Others prefer a more transcendent experience and use the Trail to be one with nature. You could ask a hundred different people why they hike the A.T. and you’d probably get a hundred different answers. But whatever their motives may be, they come back, time and time again, because they love the Appalachian Trail!

The “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” video contest received a number of wonderful submissions from all over the world, each containing great knowledge and passion for the Trail.

It’s now time for you, and your fellow A.T. enthusiasts, to pick a winner. Please click the button above marked “View Videos” to see a list of entries. Show your support for your favorite video by giving them a vote and encouraging your friends to do the same.

The grand prize winner will receive a custom ATC hammock, courtesy of ENO™, have their video screened at this year’s “Discover the Appalachian Trail” Fall membership drive, be featured in A.T. Journeys (The Official Magazine of the A.T.) and the ATC’s YouTube page.

Voting will end on October 5th, and the winners being announced on Monday, October 8th.

Rules and Requirements

  • Participants must answer the question, “Why do you love the A.T.?”
  • Participants can only submit one video
  • Any video conflicting with the ATC’s Leave No Trace™ principles will be disqualified. For information on LNT™ visit:
  • Inappropriate material is strictly prohibited and will not be displayed for voting which includes, and is not limited to nudity, profanity, illegal activity, etc.
  • The video must fall within time length restrictions, minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes
  • Videos must be submitted by using a YouTube or Vimeo URL


Visit our Facebook Page ( to upload your video. Click on the “Video Contest” tab, click “Enter”, fill out the required information, upload your video and click “Submit”. Each submission will pass through an ATC inspection to insure the content is appropriate. Once approved, videos will be displayed before the voting starts on September 4th, 2012. This process may cause a slight delay, so don’t be alarmed if your video isn’t visible directly following a submission.

Timeline (Eastern Time)

  • Video Submission: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - Sunday, September 2, 2012.                     
  • Voting Period: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 – Friday, October 5, 2012                                
    (All votes must be cast by 11:59 p.m.- October 5, 2012)
  • The winners will be announced: Monday, October 8, 2012


Prizes will be awarded for the three videos receiving the highest number of votes.

First Place 
  • Custom ATC hammock, courtesy of ENO™
  • Video screened in front of audiences at this year’s Discover the Appalachian Trail: 2012 Fall Membership Drive
  • Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official Magazine of the A.T.)
  • Video featured on the ATC’s YouTube Page
  • One-year membership to the ATC

Second Place
  • ATC themed tote bag
  • Glow-in-the-dark water bottle
  • Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official Magazine of the A.T.)
  • One-year membership to the ATC

Third Place
  • ATC themed hat
  • Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official Magazine of the A.T.)
  • One-year membership to the ATC

Winner Notification
Winners will be notified via email, which will be provided upon entry.

Terms & Conditions

Every entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Administrator, Judge, and retail partners involved with this Promotion assume no liability or responsibility for the prizes once they have been awarded to the winning entrants. Additionally, the winner shall hold harmless the ATC, Administrator, and all retail or promotional partners involved with this promotion and waive any and all claims of liability arising directly or indirectly from participation in the Promotion or any prizes awarded.

The ATC reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, or suspend this Promotion should one or more computer viruses, malicious computer code, non-authorized human intervention, or other causes beyond their control, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Promotion. Any entrant who submits a virus, malicious code, malware or otherwise attempts to interfere, impede or disrupt ATC’s website will be disqualified. The ATC reserves the right to make changes in the Official Rules of the contest, including substitution of a prize or a portion of the prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement, without the requirement to notify entrants or others. Such change shall occur only on the Official Rules posted on the Promotion entry web site. The ATC, Administrator, Judge, and retail and promotional Partners are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Promotion, or in the announcement of a prize. The ATC reserves the right to remove videos submitted to the competition at any time.

The ATC shall not be liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential, relating to the participation or inability to participate in this Promotion. Some states do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages; so the above may not apply to you.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or ENO™.

Limited Edition 75th Anniversary A.T. Poster!

Appalachian Trail 75th Anniversary Limited Edition Poster

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The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail    

The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail_Cover

The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail, by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy with a foreword by Bill Bryson, is half a survey of the history of the Trail since conception—backed by archival photographs, documents, and maps—and half a collection of 300 stunning images from throughout the reach of its 2,184 miles. Inside a pocket at the back of this 10-inch-square hardcover edition is the 9- by 48-inch National Park Service “strip map” poster of the entire footpath.

This 332-page ATC book, copublished with Rizzoli International, documents the history, beauty, and significance of the making and enhancement of America’s most-storied trail, the trail in our care. It goes on public sale September 25 at $50 retail ($45 for ATC members). Preorders received by the Trail’s 75th anniversary on August 14 will earn a 10% discount on those prices.

To order now, go to or call (toll free) 1-888-287-8673. Item #567

Appalachian Trail - 75th Anniversary