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What's New On The American Discovery Trail

The National Discovery Trails Act has been introduced in Congress. Here is why this legislation is important, and how you can help it become law.

Keep up to date with the many other things happening on the American Discovery Trail.

PeopleForBikes Awards Grants - Benefits ADT in Davenport IA
PeopleForBikes has awarded community grants for spring 2015. See this article about First Bridge: Multi-Use Trail Bridge, Phase II (Davenport, Iowa) for additional information about the grant and the project that will benefit the ADT.

35th HikaNation Reunion Held
HikaNation was a precursor and inspiration of the American Discovery Trail. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, several dozen hikers walked across America from April 1980 to May 1981. Hikers, organizers, family members, and other interested people met for a reunion in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 18–20, 2015.
For more information on the reunion, click here to download a PDF flyer.
For more information on the HikaNation, visit their Facebook page, or visit
or have a look at this video , complied by Susan “Butch” Henley, who hiked coast-to-coast on the HikaNation, and was executive director of the American Hiking Society and the American Discovery Trail Society.

Trail Videos Available

Jim Shaner who has been hiking the ADT in sections over several years, has made some short videos of the trail:

Here's a video of Ryan Herrmann taped in Parkersburg, WV by WTAP:

•September 16, 2015 - Our quarterly newsletter, Discover America, is being printed and mailed to all ADT members.

July 9, 2014 - Equestrian information is now available in a pdf file format., The document is work in progress with the remaining states to be included shortly.

NOTE: While the American Discovery Trail Society is pleased to link to ADT traveler's trail journals from the Society's web page, the ADT Society reserves the right to decide which content is inappropriate for publication on our site. The Society does not support any content which includes violation of hiking ethics or breaking of local, state or federal rules or regulations. The ADT Society will not link to any trail journal with such content. Readers are invited to report any inappropriate content to

The ADT Society also recommends that travelers who post their travel journals on the internet should exercise standard precautions when including specific information about their location. This recommendation is made for the safety of the travelers.

•October 117, 2015, - The back packing believers finished in CO. Here is a link to an article in the Denver Post about their journey. Their web site is

•October 11, 2015, - Ryan finishes at Pt. Reyes, CA. His aunt and uncle came to help him celebrate. His trail journal is

•September 2015, - Keoni finished his trip in 145 days. His web site is at

•August 11, 2015, - Krista finished!. Her trail journal is

•July 13, 2015, - Unitic completed his rest break and is continuing on his journey via bicycle and a different trail. His trail journal is

•July 9, 2015, - Amiee has stopped her hike and will start a job in August. Her trail journal is

•June 30, 2015, - Wingard made it half way through OH and has stopped for now. His trail journal is

•June 2015, - Mary has finished her section hike of the ADT. She says she will remember the people she has met even more than the scenery. Her trail journal is

• July 2, 2008 - Virtual ADT Hike Click here to see a virtual hike on the ADT. Note: Best viewed with the Internet Explorer Browser.

•Dec. 19, 2007 - A group of non-profits that are working to help preserve and protect the National Landscape Conservation System launched a Web site at This site contains descriptions of all the system's units (including these two trails plus more) and places for people who have adventured on these lands to post stories and photos.

LINKS to PREVIOUS American Discovery Trail travelers

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