Legislative Update

The National Discovery Trails Act (H.R. 4878) was introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) on July 30, 2021.   Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) co-sponsored the bill, signaling that the measure is bi-partisan.  The act would create a new category of trails called National Discovery Trails with the American Discovery Trail as the first member trail.
We know we’ve asked before, don’t give up now! We need your help to get this bill passed!

57 Hours – A New Business Partner (Sponsor)

We welcome and thank 57 Hours as our latest business partner.

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Newsletters: Summer 2020

The summer newsletter is now available.

Summer 2020

  • American Discovery Trail 20th Anniversary
  • New Ohio & Kentucky Coordinator
  • Maryland Committee Formed
  • California Grant For Signage
  • Serpent Pound Impact Crater
  • Denton Maryland Recognizes ADT
  • Cedar Rapids Bridge Plans

Newsletters: Spring 2020

The spring newsletter is now available

  • Spring 2020
    • Traveling Missouri’s Katy Trail
    • New Delaware Coordinator
    • West to East TBT update
    • Ed Parker – Broadneck Trail
    • Women on the Trail

The newsletter editor is Laurel Ibbotson Foot, she is always looking for material, if you have an idea for a newsletter item, article or story please let her know at happifeet@msn.com

Dave Whitson – Podcast and Blog

Links to Dave’s excellent podcast and blog have been added to the Trail Tales page. Dave is off the trail now due to the Corona virus restrictions, we hope he will be able to continue soon.
If you have a link you think would be good on the Trail Tales page send it to webmaster@discoverytrail.org

The American Discovery Trail and COVID-19

In response to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and recommendations from other public health authorities about the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the American Discovery Trail Society is urging all travelers and potential travelers to postpone or cancel their thru-hiking or other long-distance travel plans on the American Discovery Trail.

Because no one can travel long distances on the ADT and be certain of avoiding exposure to the coronavirus, and because anyone at any time can be a carrier of the virus without knowing it, it is clear that anyone traveling the ADT and resupplying in communities along the trail represents a serious risk to others on the trail and people in those communities—particularly high-risk individuals for whom the virus could be deadly. Under these circumstances, choosing to start or continue a journey on the ADT runs counter to widely accepted medical, government, and scientific recommendations for avoiding exposure to and limiting the spread of COVID-19. For more information please see the CDC’s information on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

The organizations that manage the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail have all issued similar requests. A compendium of COVID-19 updates relating to long distance trails can be found at http://pnts.org/new/covid-19-updates-for-national-scenic-andhistoric-trails/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=469df5a9-cacf-45cd-8920-0f8f6584f333
Trail users should note that state coordinators and other volunteers will be unable to provide face-to-face assistance for the duration of the coronavirus emergency, but will be available at the email addresses on our website.

Our Facebook pages will not feature the adventures of any current long-distance travelers at this point, but if you have any photos or stories from safe near-home adventures on the trail—or previous adventures—we would be delighted to display them.