15 Facts About Appalachian Trail


Appalachian Trail was first proposed in 1921 and completed in 1937 after more than a decade of work.

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In 1922, only a year after Benton MacKaye's famous article proposing an Appalachian Trail was written, Fink began corresponding with hiking leaders in New England about building the Trail.

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Appalachian Trail's repeated the achievement two years later, and again in 1963, at age 75.

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Appalachian Trail volunteers worked with the National Park Service to map a permanent route for the trail, and by 1971 a permanent route had been marked .

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In 2010, the Alabama state legislature formed the Alabama Appalachian Mountain Trail Commission to provide state resources for trail improvements, although officially designating Pinhoti as part of the Appalachian Trail would require an act of the United States Congress.

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Appalachian Trail balds are found in the Southern highlands, and are believed to occur due to fires or grazing in recent centuries, or in some cases due to thin, sandy soils.

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Appalachian Trail'slters are usually spaced a day's hike or less apart, most often near a water source and with a privy.

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The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club maintains trail cabins, shelters, and huts throughout the Shenandoah region of Virginia.

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In 1981, the issue of violence on the Appalachian Trail received national attention when Robert Mountford, Jr.

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In 2021, the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic remained and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy maintained that thru-hikers should postpone plans to hike the trail and planned to not recognize thru-hikers during the 2021 season.

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy gives the name "2000 Miler" to anyone who completes the entire trail.

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy considers as excellent for beginning hikers a well-maintained 104 miles section of the trail that the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed in Shenandoah National Park.

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The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is on Mount Katahdin's Baxter Peak in Baxter State Park.

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The most isolated portion of the Appalachian Trail, known as the "Hundred-Mile Wilderness", occurs in Maine.

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Appalachian Trail has been a resource for researchers in a variety of disciplines.

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