A.T. Vista Event Honors Benton MacKaye’s Vision
The Trail Conference invites everyone with a love of trails to help celebrate 100 years of Appalachian Trail history during the inaugural A.T. Vista—a hybrid virtual/live event that will be held on August 7 and 8.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Benton MacKaye’s 1921 article, “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning,” which sparked the movement to build the trail. Trail Conference volunteers built the very first section of the Appalachian Trail, through Harriman-Bear Mountain state parks in New York.
Our organization will be hosting both the 2021 A.T. Vista and next year’s event at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, slated for August 5-8, 2022. The A.T. Vista events are the reimagining of the A.T. Biennial, last held in Maine in 2017. A.T. Vista aims to be recognized as the forum for engagement of all who cherish the future of the Appalachian Trail’s protection, stewardship, and connection of the human spirit with nature while increasing participation from younger and diverse members.
During this year’s A.T. Vista, guided hikes all along the A.T. and on nearby trails will be open to all to join in the fun on both August 7 and 8. You’ll also have the opportunity to “hike your own hike” along the trail of your choice. Virtual components will include webinars and the opportunity to share your photos and stories on our social media feeds.