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Trail Conference FAQ
1. What is the Appalachian Trail Conference?
The ATC is a non-profit organization originally founded in 1925 to
the building of the Appalachian Trail. Now, its job is to protect and
the maintenance of the Trail, in partnership with over 30 maintaining clubs
all up and down the East Coast, as well as with various governmental
2. What else does the ATC do?
It publishes and sells guidebooks and maps, and publishes the magazine
Appalachian Trailway News. In addition, it runs summer work camps
one can spend between one and eight weeks doing various
maintaining what's already there or building anew.
There is a Trail Store and Visitor Center at
the headquarters in Harpers Ferry where you
may purchase items in person. The HQ is open daily 9-5 Monday-Friday, 9-4
on weekends from April through mid-November. The rest of the year it is
open M-F only. (799 Washington Street - the corner of Washington St. and
Place.) Or you can purchase through the mail. For more information on
what is available, see the
section of the page
As of February 24, 1997, you can now visit ATC's Home Page.
Here is a Yahoo
map showing the ATC.
3. How can one become a member of the Conservancy?
You can join by sending a check to the ATC to PO Box 807, Harpers
Ferry, WV 25425 or by calling (304) 535-6331 with your Visa or
Mastercard number. An individual membership is $25. Family
memberships are $30. Full-time
students, seniors over 65, and members of maintaining clubs get a
membership for $18 per year. Or, join for life! $500 for an
$750 for a couple. (These figures represent prices for memberships
people with U.S. addresses. Because of postal costs, people with
addresses will need to pay a surcharge. Contact the ATC for
4. What are the benefits of membership?
A member gets a year's subscription to the Appalachian Trailway
News; discounts on maps, guidebooks and other items;
an A.T. patch and an ATC bumpersticker.
5. Does the ATC have an email address?
The ATC, as of early '96, got its own email. You can write them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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