Seventy-five years ago today, on August 14, 1937, the final section of the original Appalachian Trail (AT) was completed — after at least 16 years of planning and hard labor.
The AT has been rerouted and reblazed countless times since then, primarily to avoid walking through private property.
Celebrate the trail’s Diamond Anniversary. Hike and defend the trail. Encourage and support those who go farther than you or your loved ones.
Be thankful for the Appalachian Trail — one of America’s crown jewels.
The Gateway to the Appalachian Trail. (Photo: Robert Sutherland)
The Appalachian Trail begins a few dozen miles north of Lake Lanier at Springer Mountain, not far from Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park.
Hiking the trail is the dream of a lifetime for millions of would-be wanderers who dwell within office cubicles unworthy of their existence.
Hitting the trail requires more than a dream, some hope, a new pair of shoes and a desire to run away.
To accomplish any goal … you must first begin.
Even the enormous effort necessary to thru-hike the 2,181 mile AT these days cannot compare to the task willingly accepted by thousands of volunteers to blaze, construct and maintain the treasure that is the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
We’ve captured a bit of the AT — past and present – at AppalachianTrail.com that we’d like to share with you.
Click on the links below to gain new respect for the trail and those who strive to protect it for future generations.
Several murders on the Appalachian Trail are written up in recently released Avalanche and Gorilla Jim, Appalachian Trail Adventures and Other Tales. While this entertaining memoir contains much humor and adventure of two men hiking the eastern spine of the US, it also sheds light on startling murders and the terrorist who set off a bomb at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia–and hid out on the Appalachian Trail while hundreds of FBI, state troopers and other law enforcement officers searched for him. http://www.avalancheandgorillajim.com