Episodes

Season Two Trailer

Sept. 20, 2022

In season two of The Green Tunnel, we have some fantastic new stories for you on the history of the Appalachian Trail.

Craving Community

Aug. 16, 2022

This episode of The Green Tunnel focuses on the rich culture surrounding places to eat along the Appalachian Trail and their connection to the economy within trail towns. It also contains some pretty good restaurant suggesti…

Music of the Mountains

July 19, 2022

In this special bonus episode of The Green Tunnel, we sat down with The Green Tunnel’s own musicians to hear from them about their connections to the traditions and music of the Appalachian mountains.

Hiking McAfee Knob with Virginia Outdoor Adventures

June 28, 2022

In this episode of The Green Tunnel, we present an episode of the Virginia Outdoor Adventures podcast hosted by Jessica Bowser.

Helloooo!

April 6, 2022

In 1930 Eiler Larsen set out on what is the first recorded attempt of what we call an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. He didn't make it in one year. He got a little distracted.

Iconic Locations: Oglethorpe Monument

March 24, 2022

The original southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail changed in 1958 because of...chickens.

Give Me Shelter

March 4, 2022

When you are hiking on the Appalachian Trail and it starts raining, it’s nice to know that somewhere up ahead there is a cozy shelter you can duck into. Luckily, there are more than 250 trailside shelters on the AT.

Iconic Locations: Mount Washington

Feb. 24, 2022

Today's Iconic Location takes us up north to the Presidentials in New Hampshire, to the summit of Mount Washington which is known for the most terrible weather in the United States.

Leave Only Footprints

Feb. 9, 2022

Are hikers loving the Appalachian Trail to death? We examine the history of hiker trash - as in actual trash - on the trail.

Iconic Locations: Maryland's Washington Monument

Feb. 2, 2022

Maryland's Washington Monument was the very first monument in the country to George Washington. It also made a cameo in the Civil War, and now it makes a great place for birdwatching.

Trail Food

Jan. 19, 2022

Trail food: it’s kind of weird. Think about it. When else do you eat freeze-dried lasagna? Or several protein bars…in one day? Probably not often.

Danger!

Dec. 8, 2021

Bears, lightning, and Lyme...oh my! Natural danger on the Appalachian Trail is a real concern for hikers, but how much should hikers really be concerned about snakes, bears, lightning strikes, and ticks?

Iconic Locations: The Lemon Squeezer

Dec. 1, 2021

In this Iconic Locations episode, we've got a tight squeeze for you: the Lemon Squeezer. Learn about this claustrophobic-inducing spot in the oldest section of the AT.

Guest: Moe Lemire

Changemakers

Nov. 17, 2021

Explore the story of three changemakers who combined led, and continue to lead, the trail through its 100 years of history.

Iconic Locations: McAfee Knob

Nov. 8, 2021

In this Iconic Locations episode, we will explore the nine years the AT was kicked off the McAfee Knob, one of the most photographed locations along the trail.

What Came Before

Oct. 27, 2021

In this episode of The Green Tunnel, we tell the story of the settler communities that existed along the route of the Appalachian Trail before the AT arrived.

Founding the Trail

Oct. 6, 2021

Benton MacKaye dreamed up the Appalachian Trail, and Myron Avery turned that dream into a 2,000-mile trail. Their competing visions of what kind of trail the AT should be continue to be at the heart of discussions about the …

The Green Tunnel: Trailer

Sept. 13, 2021

Welcome to The Green Tunnel, a podcast about the history of the Appalachian Trail. We're bringing you the history of the most iconic long-distance hiking trail in the United States.