Appalachian Trail Open to Thru-Hikers Once Again

Cole Mountain, Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the longest “hiking only” footpath in the world, spanning from Georgia to Maine. But for the bulk of the past year, it’s been effectively off limits to all long-distance hikers due to COVID-19. Now, according to a new report from Matador, that’s about to change.

Last year at the onset of the pandemic, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) made the decision to close the trail in entirety. Two months later, toward the end of May, it was announced that roughly 98% of the trail would be open again with the exception

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140-acre Dane Co. nature conservancy unveiled with hiking trail

MARSHALL, Wis. (WMTV) – Dane County officials unveiled a new 140-acre nature conservancy Friday afternoon near Marshall that is now open for visitors to explore.

Visitors to the Joyce M. Baer & George J. Socha Nature Conservancy can walk on the newly developed hiking trial and along the Maunesha River, Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi announced.

“This is a great addition to our Dane County Park System,” said Parisi. “I want to thank George Socha and his late partner Joyce Baer for their incredibly generous donation of land.”

The land was donated in 2007 to the county with a life

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Hiking in Maine: A sampler of cabin fever-reliever hikes on the coast, from York County to Lubec

The mountains may be choked with lingering winter snowpack, but along the coast from the beaches of York County to the pink granite peaks of Acadia to the bold headlands of Lubec, the trails are pretty much clear. Wet and muddy, perhaps, but snow-free for the most part.

It’s high time, then, to pack the rucksack, lace up the hiking shoes, and get on out there to enjoy some cabin fever-reliever spring hikes, enjoy some welcome exercise and soak in some warm sun. Do remember to wear your gaiters, as you’ll want to walk through the mud rather than around

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Missing hiker found dead in the Red River Gorge

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – 5/5/2021 Update: A UK student who went missing in the Red River Gorge earlier this week was found dead Wednesday morning.

Officials with Powell County Search and Rescue posted the news on Facebook. While crews were able to ping the 24-year-old woman’s phone and watch to find her GPS coordinates, when they got to where she was, they found she had fallen off a 150-foot cliff. She did not survive the fall.

Her name has not been released.

Original Story (5/4/2021):

The Powell County Search & Rescue team is looking for a 24-year-old University of

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26 Amazing Nature Facts to Impress Your Hiking Partners

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There’s no better time than spring to appreciate the wonders of nature, as the backcountry comes to life again. But don’t just observe: Show your hiking partners the nature guru that you are when you whip out these fun facts on your next group hike.

  1. Sea otters use rocks as tools to break open hard-shelled food, and they often store favorite rocks in a pouch under their armpits.
  2. European Starlings, one of the most abundant birds in North America, are an invasive species—they were released in
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Hikers have standoff with black bear near Seward

The odds of getting attacked by a bear are one in over two million. That’s why Sarah Wallner, who was mauled by a grizzly in 2007, could not believe her misfortune when she and two friends ended up in a standoff with a black bear at Tonsina Creek, near Seward, on Thursday. 

The black bear after the standoff (Photo courtesy Regina Green)

“Oh, not again. This is not happening,” Wallner remembers thinking. “Like, this is not supposed to happen again.”

All three were OK, as was the bear, who just suffered from some mace in the face. But the hikers

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24-year-old woman reported missing after hiking near Red River Gorge | News

UPDATE: The body of the 24-year-old woman publicly identified only as Gabby was found on April 5, 2021 at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff. Authorities believe she fell and did not survive. 

Previous story:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Authorities are searching for a woman who went missing while hiking near Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky.

According to a social media post by Powell County Search and Rescue, a 24-year-old woman named “Gabby” was last heard from 4:30 p.m. She was reported missing off Tunnelridge Road, near the Auxier Ridge trail in Red River Gorge. 

Authorities say she was

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10 bucket-list hikes in the San Antonio area

Lifestyle // Travel & Outdoors

Blanco State Park

Dale Blasingame / For the Express-News

There are so many hiking trails in and around San Antonio, it is difficult to come up with a definitive list of the best.

Not only do city parks offer great hiking experiences, there are plenty in the South-Central Texas region that are worth a day trip.

Some offer unique experiences — think dinosaur footprints at Government Canyon and spectacular city skyline views at Comanche Lookout. Another park is known for its abandoned railroad tunnel

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The Best Hiking Boots for Women in 2021

After months on the trail, we found the best hiking boots for women. Whether you want to head for a local day trip or spend months thru-hiking, we’ve got you covered.

Finding the right pair of boots for your feet is vital. Sure, things like trekking poles or daypacks will enhance your time on the trail. But a good shoe sets the entire foundation. And a poor fit can quickly ruin your plans.

Here we focus on the best hiking boots for women. We have a separate guide if you’re looking for men’s hiking boots or hiking shoes.


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Hiking reservations begin at a popular Adirondack trailhead

Adirondack Mountain Reserve General Manager John Schuler, left, and state Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources Katie Petronis stand in the St. Huberts Parking Area Saturday. (Photo — Aaron Cerbone, Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

Hikers looking to summit mountains from the St. Huberts parking lot, owned by the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, must now get a reservation.

Saturday was the first day of the parking reservation pilot program. State Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources Katie Petronis was at the popular trailhead along with AMR General Manager John Schuler, asking hikers about

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