Stewardship efforts come full force from Ridgerunners, and Carla Mitchell is no exception. From educating, supporting and helping hikers to adopt techniques and understand Leave No Trace principles, Ridgerunners provide direct impact in minimizing damage to the natural environment.Read more
The Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the longest running, and most colorful fall leaf seasons in the world. Over one hundred species of trees show off their October best. It’s nothing if not awe-inspiring.Read more
Meet Bridget Williams, trail name Giggles. She spends her days as a Ridgerunner on the Appalachian Trail, practicing and teaching how to Play. Protect. and Preserve. the public lands we love. Her trail resume includes thru hiking the AT in 2017 NOBO and the Colorado Trail in 2018 SOBO.Read more
Meet our friend Koty Lewis, trail name “Sleepy Pete”, here to share a Ridgerunner’s day-to-day life, advice to our fellow outdoorsmen and women, and completely hypothetical hand-to-hand combat.
The National Peanut Board estimates it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. Get out the peanut packed jar and prepare to hit the trail! Is there anything quite like a mid trail snack? A key ingredient to our best trail snack ever, PEANUT BUTTER!Read more
The first woman to solo hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one season and a pioneer thru hiker on the AT in ultralight backpacking. Join your Grandma for free with a NPS senior pass, join in on a journey to discover nature and family.Read more
Fresh water is scarce! So your bath and soapy dishes during your weekend hike and camp matter! There are several reasons for this. The soaps may contain phosphates and it breaks the surface tension of the water.Read more
Ever WANDER through the woods and see the strange round growths on tree trunks? These growths are known as burls or burrs, depending on where you are from. Just like you, a burl is unique and being unique is better than being perfect.Read more
A nature prescription would help us all get better. And finally scientists are providing proof to something our hiking community has known for along time, nature is good. REAL GOOD!Read more
Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to Smooookeeeey Beaaaar. Happy Birthday to you! It all began after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Smokey Bear is still working, teaching you how to build the best campfire.Read more
An estimated 100 million Americans will enjoy our amazing trails this year. Whether that’s hiking, biking, trail running…you name it…that’s a LOT of people!
We couldn’t be happier that more and more folks are falling in love with our favorite places, but we also know that with great usage, comes great responsibility. And that got us thinking…
How can we do more??
Our amazing partners at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are the gold standard for organizing and facilitating major volunteer teams and projects. But what if people just want to grab some friends and family, and go help their local trails or wild spaces? What if they have a great idea for a weekend project, and just need some help getting it off the ground?
That’s where we come in.
Whether you’re clearing trail debris, planting trees, repairing bridges, removing invasive plant species, or nearly anything else…we want to help! To date, we’ve donated funds to maintain and repair over 23,000 feet of trails, and we’re just getting started.
No matter where you live, send us a message with a few details about your project, and how we can help it be successful. Let’s team up and give back to the places we love most.