51 episodes

The Green Tunnel explores the history and culture of the United States’ most iconic long-distance hiking trail, the Appalachian Trail. Hosted by Mills Kelly, the show delves into topics including the quirky history of trail food, the shelters and structures built along the trail, and dangers you might encounter during a hike.

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    • 4.9 • 148 Ratings

The Green Tunnel explores the history and culture of the United States’ most iconic long-distance hiking trail, the Appalachian Trail. Hosted by Mills Kelly, the show delves into topics including the quirky history of trail food, the shelters and structures built along the trail, and dangers you might encounter during a hike.

    The End of the Trail

    The End of the Trail

    Today’s episode is bittersweet because we have reached the end of our hike. After three years and 50 episodes, we are wrapping up The Green Tunnel with something a little different. Every episode of The Green Tunnel has focused on some aspect of the history of the Appalachian Trail, but today we’re looking forward. What will the AT’s future look like? How will the trail evolve? What will the greatest challenges be for the trail we all love? 

    • 27 min
    Hogs, Chipmunks, and Bears, Oh My!

    Hogs, Chipmunks, and Bears, Oh My!

    On today’s episode of The Green Tunnel, we are exploring a central reason why hikers head to the Appalachian Trail in the first place, to see wildlife. We’ll also talk about how the animals along the trail are changing the way hikers experience the AT and the ecology of the mountains the AT passes through.

    • 33 min
    Iconic Locations: The Katahdin Sign

    Iconic Locations: The Katahdin Sign

    What long-distance AT hiker hasn’t dreamed of reaching that sign on the summit of Katahdin at the end of their hike? Today, we are headed to the top of the mountain to explore the history of the iconic sign. 

    • 14 min
    Trail Writing

    Trail Writing

    The Appalachian Trail winds its way through Appalachia which is a place where people make sense of their world through stories. Stories of their lives in the mountains. Stories of the land and its riches. Stories, both fiction and non-fiction, about their journeys. In this episode of The Green Tunnel, we are exploring the history of writing about the Appalachian Trail. 

    • 30 min
    Iconic Locations: Priest Mountain Shelter

    Iconic Locations: Priest Mountain Shelter

    Did you know a significant number of hikers confess their sins in the logbook in the shelter on Priest Mountain? Why do they do this and what do they confess? Find out on today’s Iconic Locations episode. 

    • 12 min
    Becoming a National Park

    Becoming a National Park

    Benton MacKaye wanted to be sure that anyone who chose to spend a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks on the trail would have the opportunity to really get away from civilization. However, most of the lands MacKaye hoped to route his future trail through were in private hands, owned either by individuals or corporations. If an Appalachian Trail was really going to be built, then its leaders would have to find a way to reconcile their desire to build a trail with the rights of private landowners.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Bonefixer123 ,

Enjoy!

I really enjoy the history of the Trail and the cool places we walk through. Great job.

Mcn1784 ,

Awesome podcast!

Two thumbs up for Mills Kelly and the Green Tunnel team! I am an AT section hiker and I have learned some much from this series. Each episode is well researched and produced. Mills is entertaining and the podcast has enriched my experience on trail. I highly recommend this podcast!!!

choppydave ,

Great podcast looking at all facets of the AT!

Really enjoy this deep dive into the good and not-so-good of the AT’s history!

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