The 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia attracts millions of hikers each year. Additionally about 500 people each year successfully backpack the entire length of the trail. This article explores the history and culture of hiking the Appalachian Trail. read more
It was inspired by Benton MacKaye in 1921 when he saw the view from Stratton Mountain, Vermont. The first section of the trail was opened in 1923 and by 1925 the Appalachian Trail Conservancy was created. The entire trail was not completed until after WWII and only a few sections of the trail are not owned by the National Park Service. There is a movement to extend the trail into Canada, called the IAT and even an effort to extend it across the Atlantic to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco via Europe.
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