Appalachian Trail

View of Killington Vermont.

View of Killington from the Appalachian Trail in Vermont.
Photo by Dennis Wilkinson/Flickr

The Appalachian Trail is one of America’s great success stories and an amazing outdoor legacy. The 2,179-mile trail runs the length of the country, from Georgia to Maine, crossing through some of the country’s most scenic landscapes—from mountains to forests to untouched wilderness. Conceived and created by private citizens, the trail is a privately managed part of the national park system and is still maintained by volunteers.

The Conservation Fund has worked to conserve land in several states to protect public access to the trail and to ensure that future generations will be able to experience the trail as we do today.

Appalachian Trail In New Hampshire Mahoosuc Trail

The Mahoosuc Mountains spread across New Hampshire and Maine, offering a rich forestland as well as some of the most picturesque and rugged sections of the Appalachian Trail. In 2010, we assisted the National Park Service in conserving nearly 4,800… Read More

Appalachian Trail, Vermont: Killington Section View of Killington from the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Photo by Dennis Wilkinson/Flickr

The Fund helped the National Park Service acquire more than 600 acres near the Killington Section of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. An estimated 1,500 hikers currently use this section of the Appalachian Trail each year, including approximately 500 thru-hikers…. Read More

Connecting Pinhoti And Appalachian Trails Hikers on the Pinhoti Trail

When the Appalachian Trail was mapped in the 1920s, the plan set out by Benton Mackaye called for a trail and associated spurs that stretched from Maine to northern Alabama. While the primary trail was completed in north Georgia in the 1930s,… Read More

Balancing Nature And Commerce In Unicoi County View from Roy's Rock, Rocky Fork Tennessee

Known as “The Valley Beautiful,” this rural Appalachian community is prime for development, but it is also home to great natural beauty—making decisions about land use difficult. While helping to conserve one popular destination, Rocky Fork, our Conservation Leadership Network® (CLN) provided training… Read More