Jeff Ryan

Jeff Ryan is the author of Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail (2017) and Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail (2016) that chronicles his section-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Ryan is currently completing a history of the founding of the Wilderness Society and has published six other books, mostly on outdoor adventures.


Nov. 17, 2021

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

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 …