Appalachian Trail Conservancy WV

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources associated with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in order to provide primitive outdoor-recreation and educational opportunities for Trail visitors. ATC traces its roots to the vision of Benton MacKaye, a regional planner who convened an Appalachian Trail conference in 1925 in Washington, D.C. That initial gathering of hikers, foresters, and public officials laid the groundwork not only for the creation of a trail, but also for an organization to build, manage, and protect it. Today, through the efforts of volunteers, clubs, and agency partners, the A.T. extends more than 2,170 miles from Maine to Georgia within a protected 250,000 acre greenway.