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Ultimate A.T. Gift Guide 2018


This year, give your friends and family amazing gifts and support the Trail at the same time. We have the Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store gifts for every budget. All net proceeds from your purchases go toward volunteer-centered conservation of the Appalachian Trail, its surrounding lands, and the experience of enjoying them.

Want to come up with your own ideas? Download or scroll through the new 2018–2019 Ultimate A.T. Store ® catalogue here.

Pewter A.T. Ornament

A.T. Pewter Ornament


This lovely, handcrafted A.T. monogram ornament is made from the finest grade of lead-free pewter. Each piece is individually crafted from traditional methods and will not tarnish. The ornament comes with a short, green bow and is approximately 3" x 2".

Exclusive A.T. Backpacker Ornament

 This 2.25” round ornament features a backpacker, the A.T. diamond logo, and ridges in the background. From design drawings to fabrication, each ornament is created with the highest regard for quality and beauty. From design drawings to fabrication, each ornament is created with the highest regard for quality and beauty. ATC's Brass Backpacker Ornament


The perfect ornament for all backpackers, this 2.25” round ornament features a backpacker, the A.T. diamond logo, and ridges in the background.

Mini-compass/thermometer carabiner

A.T. Mini-Compass & Thermometer Carabiner


Two safety features in one, plus a carabiner marked with the A.T. monogram. One side is a mini-compass (a useful planning tool with or without a lifesaving map), while the other gives you the current air temperature more precisely than "feels like...."

Barefoot keychain & bottle opener

Barefoot Keychain and Bottle Opener


Not only is it a whimsical keychain that any hiker can appreciate, but the foot doubles as a bottle opener where that blister used to be. This 3.5" x 2" metal key chain is green with the ATC sunrise.


Darn Tough/ATC ¼-length socks

ATC Darn Tough 1/4 Socks


With an ATC logo on the top; made in Vermont with fine-gauge Merino wool, nylon, and Lycra, these 1/4-height socks wick moisture, with reinforced and cushioned heel and toe. They keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They come in sizes small, medium, large, and extralarge, with lifetime guarantees from the manufacturer. Made in the USA.

14-State Challenge patch

14-State Challenge Patch


A goal anyone can accomplish... Challenge yourself to hike or visit a piece of the A.T. in each of the Trail's 14 states. Get the patch now to show your participation in the challenge! Check out our blog post for more information and suggested hikes.

A.T. Passport

A.T. Passport


An official-looking passport to record your trip of a lifetime along the Appalachian Trail, this document makes a truly memorable keepsake for both thru-hikers and section-hikers. It includes space to allow hostels, hiker-friendly lodgings, gear outfitters, and many trail angels to stamp or sign your document as you hike the A.T. Many stamps are personalized for an extraordinary memento of your adventure.

A.T. challenge coin

A.T. Challenge Coin


Introducing the Appalachian Trail challenge coin! Show your love and support for the Trail with this 2.5 oz. coin in silver and green. One side displays the Appalachian Trail Conservancy logo and the other displays the well-loved A.T. diamond Trail marker. Both designs are raised relief with a soft resin-green background.

A.T. whistle

A.T. Whistle


Another essential item for all hikers, the whistle is an ideal way to call for help. Just because it’s a safety item doesn’t mean it can’t be sporty-looking, too. This 2.25-inch, metal whistle includes a key chain and the A.T. logo.

A.T. strip map

Appalachian Trail Poster Map-Strip


For reference, trip-planning, keeping track of hikers, or decoration...
The official National Park Service at-a-glance map is the perfect way to display the entire Appalachian Trail on your wall.

Boot-prints pendant

A.T. Boot Print Pendant


Get your boots out on the Appalachian Trail. Or, simply wear this boot-prints A.T. pendant designed for outdoor enthusiasts. Exquisitely handcrafted and kiln-fired by Scrubby Pine in Indiana, each necklace is unique and beautiful. The 1.5" x 1" pendant hangs from a 20" paracord with a matching button and makes the perfect gift for yourself or the avid hiker in your life.

ATC LumniAid lantern & solar charger

ATC Lantern w/ Charger


The Packlite Max 2-in-1 solar lantern and phone charger by LuminAID is perfect for lighting your backcountry adventure, with the ATC logo on the bottom. Charge this compact lantern with the included USB cord before you go or hang it on your pack and allow the sun to charge it while you hike.

A.T. fleece jacket

A.T. Fleece Jacket


A midweight ringspun fleece jacket made in Philadelphia—in charcoal, with the A.T. diamond on the left chest. Unisex sizes medium to XX.

A side benefit: As a result of our order this fall, Trees for the Future, a partner of the manufacturer (High Anxiety/20Below), planted 30 trees around the world! Talk about giving back....

A.T. Map Buff

A.T. Map Buff


Buff USA, makers of the Original Buff for ATC in 2000, turned the popular strip map of the whole A.T. into a collage and then into a new Buff, part of a Triple Crown series. Like all other Buffs, it can be worn in more than a dozen ways.

Miniature replica of the Katahdin sign

Katahdin Sign


This handmade miniature version of the sign tens of thousands have walked miles to touch is the perfect tabletop souvenir for those that have reached it. Or the perfect motivation for those that aspire to. Use it to display yours or a loved one’s summit photo. Or any 4" x 6" photo that reminds you of the A.T.

Made in Pennsylvania, one per day, by Nathan Harrington, who in 2015 was one half (with wife Sharon) of “The Hiking Vikings” northbounders.

ENO’s ATC DoubleNest hammock

ENO ATC Hammock & Strap Set


Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) of Asheville, N.C., made a special edition of its DoubleNest hammock for the ATC. The compression sack is emblazoned with the ATC sunrise logo.

    The set includes:
  • A DoubleNest hammock in the Conservancy’s green and blue with an attached compression stuff sack.
  • The Atlas Suspension System in a stuff sack.

A.T.-diamond-branded Insect Shield blanket

ATC Insect Shield Blanket


Keep mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and flies at bay using this Insect Shield outdoor blanket with the A.T. diamond in one corner. Treated with permethrin, the long-lasting repellent is built in and odorless, making this blanket perfect for a family picnic, sitting around the campfire, or even as protection under sleeping bags. Weighing just 18 oz., it is the ultimate comfort item on overnight hikes.

A.T. diamond mug

A.T. Diamond Mug


An iridescent silver, 11-ounce ceramic mug that simply states your favorite Trail. It will shine in your hands, but, because of the metallic glaze, don't warm up your coffee in the microwave!

A.T. navy trucker hat

Navy Trucker Cap


This handsome navy trucker hat is new to the ATC and has quickly become an A.T. fan favorite. With a navy brim and cream stitching, this will look good both on and off the Trail. The cream mesh backing will keep you cool.

The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail

The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail


By Brian B. King, ATC Publisher.

In celebration of the Appalachian Trail's seventy-fifth anniversary in 2012, this 332-page hard-cover Appalachian Trail Conservancy book documents in text and photos the history, beauty, and significance of America's most iconic hiking trail. With fascinating essays on topics ranging from the trail's history to the day-by-day hiking experience, this book is perfect for anyone interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, or American history, and for all those who have hiked all or part of the A.T.

The Best of the Appalachian Trail: Overnight Hikes

The Best of the Appalachian Trail: Overnight Hikes


The Best of the Appalachian Trail: Overnight Hikes, in a new 2018 edition, selects the very best overnight hikes of the Appalachian Trail, from each state; Maine to Georgia. When you just have two or three days to hike, this is the perfect primer to get you where you want to be, when you want to be there. Detailed descriptions of the suggested hikes include length and difficulty. In addition, hikes are noted for mountain peaks, scenic views, waterfalls, historic areas, and wheelchair accessibility.

The Pursuit of Endurance

Pursuit of Endurance


Jennifer Pharr Davis, a previous record-holder of the FKT (fastest known time) on the Appalachian Trail, reveals the secrets and habits behind endurance as she chronicles her incredible accomplishments in the world of endurance hiking, backpacking, and trail running. With a storyteller's ear for fascinating detail and description, Davis takes readers along as she trains and sets her record, analyzing and trail-testing the theories and methodologies espoused by her star-studded roster of mentors. She distills complex rituals and histories into easy-to-understand tips and action items that will help you take perseverance to the next level.

Walking with Spring

Walking with Spring


In 1948, the Appalachian Trail had been a continuous, 2,000-mile footpath for 11 years, but no one had walked its length alone in a continuous journey – until Earl Shaffer, a quiet Pennsylvanian, became a hiking legend and the first of what is now more than 5,500 A.T. "thru-hikers," walking from Georgia to Maine as spring arrived to each area. In 1998, he hiked again as a 50th-anniversary celebration, to far greater publicity. This is the lyrical account of his fabled 1948 walk, with his own photographs.

Hiking through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail

Hiking Through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail


The Appalachian Trail may be one of the best loved hiking trails in America, but many may not realize the history embedded in the Appalachian Trail corridor. Hiking through History: Civil Wars Sites on the Appalachian Trail provides a greater understanding of the area you are hiking: from Underground Railroad sites and W.E.B. Du Bois’ birthplace in New England, to the Union occupation of present-day Hot Springs, N.C. Each site has a full-color map for a quick hike, and most have current and contemporary photographs.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Grandma Gatewood's Walk


The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail is the only biography of an Appalachian Trail Legend. Emma "Grandma" Gatewood made a bit of a media stir in the 1950s during and after her first (of three) solo thru-hike of the A.T., but little was widely known of her beyond the Keds, the laundry bag, and the grit. Award-winning reporter Ben Montgomery is the first to tell the story of what drove her to hike.

The Appalachian Trail: An Aerial View

The Appalachian Trail: An Aerial View


Mark Warner, a professional nature and wildlife photographer, captured a bird’s-eye view of the Appalachian Trail over five years from a restored, antique Piper Cub airplane. From the “green tunnel” to the open summits, this amazing collection of aerial photographs is full of surprises!

The Appalachian Trail: Hiking the People’s Path

The Appalachian Trail: Hiking the People's Path


An inspirational photographic tour of the Appalachian Trail through the eyes of photographer Bart Smith, the first person known to walk all eleven of the national scenic trails. A hardcover in 7" x 5" format, The Appalachian Trail: Hiking the People’s Path begins with a prelude on the landscapes we hope to protect, a teaser to more than 190 spectacular images along the Trail from Springer to Katahdin.

Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail

Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail


This visually stunning wildflower guide is nice enough to display on your coffee table, but informative enough to take on your leisurely hikes. Scout out these 99 species on the Appalachian Trail to truly appreciate the beauty of America’s premier hiking Trail. This new edition features full-page, full-color photographs, detailed descriptions of the flowers and where they grow, snapshot summaries, and five additional wildflowers.

Benton MacKaye: Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the Appalachian Trail

Benton MacKaye - Paperback


This only biography of the progenitor of the Appalachian Trail draws on hundreds of sources to craft a portrait never before fully drawn of this forester, regional planner, rebel, and ultimately "Nestor" of the Trail project (that might not have been a compliment). More than 500 pages, illustrated.

The Last 2 Miles

The Last 2 MilesCopyright 2018, Appalachian Trail ConservancyA continuous Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia should have been pronounced open, under ATC Chairman Myron H. Avery’s schedule, in 1936. By that time, he had walked and measured every step of the scouted or constructed route and become the first “2,000 miler” on the footpath.One mile remained between Davenport Gap and the [...]

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Walking with Spring

Walking with Spring/”The Long Cruise”Copyright 2018, Appalachian Trail ConservancyThe bit of Appalachian Trail history that was made in 1948 was the appearance of the first “thru-hiker,” Earl V. Shaffer of York Springs, Pennsylvania, who reported completing the entire 2,050 miles in an uninterrupted backpacking trip beginning April 4 and ending August 5. Shaffer had lost his closest friend while they were [...]

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Farmer Family

Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of sitting on hard classroom chairs, children could learn from nature and hard work? This year, one family will do just that. In January, we had the chance to interview Christen Farmer, who will be taking four of her children, ages 17- to 11-years-old, on the Appalachian Trail for [...]

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Celebrating America's Hiking Trails

This December we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of naming The Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store®. There is no better way to celebrate than by spotlighting four spectacular books about America's hiking trails. It doesn't hurt that the Appalachian Trail is prominent in three of the four books!  The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is proud to have copublished [...]

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Ultimate A.T. Gift Guide 2017

This year, give your friends and family amazing gifts and support the Trail at the same time. We have the Ultimate Appalachian Trail gifts for every budget, and all net proceeds from your purchases go toward volunteer-centered preservation of the Appalachian Trail, its surrounding lands, and the experience of enjoying them. Plus.... Don't miss out on [...]

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Safety on the Appalachian Trail

Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. As you pull out your fall and winter hiking gear, remember that hunting season is also upon us. Hunting is allowed near the Trail along portions of the 2,000-plus miles and 14 states the Trail traverses. Hunting season laws and schedules vary between states. The ATC suggests [...]

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Interview: Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy

On August 31, 2017, Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy completed his northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) considers every hiker that completes the Trail a "2,000-miler," whether they take the average 6 months to thru-hike or a lifetime of section hikes. However, Joe earned his 2,000-miler status with an impressive 45-day, 12-hour, [...]

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Store Renovation

You may have noticed a few changes over the previous months. Here at the Ultimate Appalachian Trail Store, we are well into a virtual store renovation – spring cleaning plus new looks. We are working to improve your experience by providing updated photos and descriptions for all of our products. Even our categories have been revamped a [...]

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