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Appalachian Trail Conservancy


Preserve and manage this amazing nature trail. Ensuring that its priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Real Life

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! After Mother Nature closed the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, volunteers from the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC) organized a massive effort to reopen the Trail for spring hikers.

When a winter ice storm left much of the NBATC's 90-mile section of the A.T. impassable, club president Bill Foot organized maintenance parties each weekend for a month to clear the Trail of debris. The normal Wednesday maintenance crews were also enlarged. NBATC volunteers cleared the 90 miles in just a month, often hiking in through deep snow to reach the affected sections of Trail.

The NBATC is an affiliate member of the Appalachian Trail Conference, the nonprofit organization that manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Affiliates are each assigned a section of the Trail to maintain, with volunteers performing virtually all of the maintenance chores along the 2,160-mile long A.T.