As time passes, the Appalachian Trail is growing in popularity, exposure, materialism, and participation. Before my thru-hike, I didn’t think the trail was a popular thing and didn’t even know that websites like this existed. During my thru-hike, I quickly realized that the trail is popular and like all things popular, there are celebrity figures associated with it. As a member of the AT community, there were certain people that I absolutely needed to know about and you do too.
Below is a list of… 16 Appalachian Trail Celebrities You Should Know About:
1. Jennifer Pharr Davis
Last summer, Jennifer Pharr Davis set the record for fastest assisted thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes. Jennifer is an accomplished ultra-marathon runner and was named the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. She is the founder of the Blue Ridge Hiking Company and is also an accomplished Author.
2. Warren Doyle
A trail legend, Warren Doyle has logged over 34000 trail miles and has completed 16 thru-hikes. Doyle hosts thru-hike preparation groups year round and runs the Appalachian Trail Institute. If you’re ever in Damascus, VA, you may see him walking around town!
3. Bill Irwin
In 1990, Irwin became the first blind thru-hiker. He completed his hike with no human assistance. Afterwards, Irwin worked as a motivational speaker and author. As reported on our site, Irwin recently passed away.
4. Bill Bryson
Bryson is the guy who wrote A Walk in the Woods. Even though he only hiked about half of the trail, he is easily one of the most well known trail personalities. Rumor is that his hiking partner in the book was a completely made up character.
See the complete list at the Appalachian Trials site.