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In 2003 the Biennial meeting of the ATC will be held at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire from July 25th to August 1st.

May 10 - 18 Trail Days - in Damascus, Virginia


May 11 - 19 Trail Days - in Damascus, Virginia

June 1 - 10th annual National Trails Day celebration

October 10-12 200 - The 2003 Gathering at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.


April 21, 2001 - Trailfest - Hot Springs, North Carolina

May 12-20 Trail Days - Damascus, Virginia

July 13-20, 2001 - The 2001 ATC Biennial Meeting, at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

The 20th annual of long-distance hikers, dreamers and friends took place Oct. 5-7 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.


May 19-21, 2000 Damascus Trail Days

June 3 - National Trails Day

June 16, 17 - Festival in the Park, Pearisburg, Va. Food, music, and crafts. Not far from the hostel; <town@pearisburg.net>

September 29, 30 and October 1 - End of the Trail Festival, Millinocket, Maine

October 6-8 - The Gathering (Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association) - Concord College, Athens, W.Va.

2000 Festivals from ATC page.


May 14-17, 2000 Damascus Trail Days

July 9-16 - ATC Biennial Conference - Radford, Virginia at Radford University

1999 Festivals from ATC page.

Info about events in past years:

The "End of the Trail" Festival was scheduled for September 25-26-27, 1998 in the Millinocket, Maine area. It is a first time event. For more info, contact the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce at kacc@agate.net The festival will be held at the Hidden Springs Campground and the Northern Timber Cruisers.

October 1-4 - 4th Annual Pow Wow in Damascus, Virginia

The annual Gathering of the Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association. will be Oct. 9, 10 and 11 at Concord College in Athens, W.Va.

Already Past:

Hot Springs (April 24-26) (and here are Milt Webb's pictures of Earl Schaffer. from this year's TrailFest) Here is the Trail Days Website: Damascus (May 15-17) and here is Jamie Chapman's page of 1998 Trail Days Pics.

Conference Future....Maine '97 - is now also in the past....

Every other year, an Appalchian Trail Conference is held somewhere in the vicinity of the Trail. The various maintaining clubs take turns hosting it.

The 1999 conference will be in Radford, Virginia.

Online as of May 13, 1997, the host club for 1997 is the Maine Appalachian Trail Club.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club will be hosting the Conference in 1997 at the Sunday River Ski Resort in western Maine, about 20 miles east of Gorham, New Hampshire. The nearest sizeable town is Bethel, Maine. There will be easy access to the Whites, western Maine and the Oxford Hills area, all of which offer opportunities for spectacular hiking and other outdoor activities. The conference will be taking place in early August. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

From the November/December 1996 A.T. News:

The dates of the conference are August 1 - 8. The theme for the '97 meeting will be: "Loving the Trail to Death." This follows up on ATC Chair Dave Field's column in the March/April '96 A.T. News. Several seminars will focus on the more challenging aspects of this issue and hopefully provoke thinking on how to manage the A.T. into the 21st century. All meetings and workshops will take place during the first few days of the conference. An extensive agenda of hikes and excursions is planned to appeal to the varied interests of participants for the remainder of the week.

The Maine A.T. Club organizers believe it will be a thought-provoking and stimulating meeting and provide an impetus for all who attend to carry back ideas to their clubs for further discussion and to have a grand time visiting the northern anchor of the A.T.

--John Morgan

For the first time ever, the ATC will be having a silent auction at Maine '97!!

BTW - Conference '99 is scheduled for Radford, Virginia....

...and Conference Past...Harrisonburg A.T. Conference June 30 - July 7

Since 1925, every other year, one of the maintaining clubs hosts an A.T. Conference within its jurisdiction. June 30 - July 7, 1995 saw the conference at James Madison University in historic Harrisonburg, Virginia which is close to the southern end of Shenandoah Park. The hosting club was the Potomac A.T. Club. Over 200 hikes were offered in conjunction with the Conference - from short 3 mile hikes to overnight trips and everything in between. Hike leaders included botanists, herpetologists and geologists. In addition, there were numerous lectures and other activities, the details of which were included in the March-April 1995 Appalachian Trailway News.

As it happened, the week prior to the conference saw some record flooding in the areas in which many of the activities of the conference were scheduled to be held. Consequently, several activities and hikes had to be cancelled. Andy Hiltz organized a couple of days of flood clean-up which several dozen conference attendees helped out with. He has created a webpage about the clean-up.

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