Earn college credit while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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Make Your Education an Adventure of a Lifetime

The Semester-A-Trail Program is a unique opportunity for students who seek a learning experience that goes well beyond the classroom. Students in the program earn college credit while attempting a long-section hike of the Appalachian Trail. The experience offers students a synthesis of academic learning and outdoor adventure in an intensive, goal-oriented journey, immersing students in real-world competencies and challenges that build skills that last a lifetime.

Spring 2024 Cohort Enrollment Timeline:

  • March 1, 2023: Application for Spring 2024 Opens
  • October 15, 2023: Notification of Acceptance to Program for Spring 2024 (and earlier)
  • Early January 2024: Program Begins, Start of Spring Semester
  • Late April, Early May 2024: Program Culmination*, End of Spring Semester

*For those interested in a comprehensive thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, there is the option to continue hiking following the end of the spring semester.

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If you are interested in applying to participate in the Emory & Henry Semester-A-Trail Program, please complete the application linked below after reviewing the program FAQs above.

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“The Semester-A-Trail provides an excellent opportunity for meshing academic learning with a big experiential journey, a very physical journey that connects learning and growth to life.”  — Jim Harrison.

The Semester-A-Trail Program offers students the opportunity to build independent studies and projects with broadened field-based implications. 

Beyond Academics, What’s Included?

  • Students in the Semester-A-Trail Program complete a wilderness first aid course
  • Students engage in immersive skill-building workshops and training
  • A complete hiking kit is provided that includes top-of-the-line backpacking gear and footwear
  • An on-trail hiking budget is provided
  • Program staff provide on-trail support for hikers
  • While on campus, students enjoy the College’s outdoor program facilities and activities


A student may transfer in from any college just for the Semester-A-Trail Program.  This option allows students to retain their enrollment privileges at their current academic institution while enjoying the benefits of being an E&H student.

Upon completion of the Semester-A-Trail, dual-enrollment students return to their institution of origin with the college credits earned during the Semester-A-Trail as quality transferable credits and newfound skills!