Episode 5: Trail Food

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. So, just how did trail food become what it is…Read more

Episode 4: Danger!

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? In this episode…Read more

Iconic Locations: The Lemon Squeezer

In the second of our short episodes on iconic locations along the Appalachian Trail, we visit the Lemon Squeezer. Located in Harriman State Park in New York, the Lemon Squeezer is on the oldest section…Read more

Holiday Book List

The Appalachian Trail has a lot of history - more than we can fit in any one episode - so we've created a Green Tunnel Podcast approved holiday book list for those looking to learn…Read more

Episode 3: Changemakers

This episode of The Green Tunnel shares the story of three changemakers who combined led, and continue to lead, the trail through its 100 years of history. From the earliest days with Jean Stephenson, Ruth…Read more

Iconic Locations: McAfee Knob

Introducing Iconic Locations, a bonus series of short segments featuring iconic locations of the Appalachian Trail that will air in between regular Green Tunnel episodes. To kick things off, we’re starting with what is probably the most…Read more

Episode 2: What Came Before

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. We've chosen three examples of those communities,…Read more

Episode 1: Founding the Trail

In this first episode of The Green Tunnel we tell the story of the founding of the Appalachian Trail, from Benton MacKaye’s proposal for the trail in 1921, to the creation of the Appalachian Trail…Read more
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Mills Kelly

Mills Kelly, known on the AT by his trail name "Grandaddy Spartan" is a professor of history at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He has been hiking on the trail since 1971 and researching its history since 2016.

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Episode 5: Trail Food

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. So, just how did trail food become what it is…

Episode 4: Danger!

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? In this episode…

Iconic Locations: The Lemon Squeezer

In the second of our short episodes on iconic locations along the Appalachian Trail, we visit the Lemon Squeezer. Located in Harriman State Park in New York, the Lemon Squeezer is on the oldest section…