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Appalachian Trail Map
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The "A.T.," as it's called by hikers, is much more than just a path through the woods. It is a national scenic trail, part of the same national park system that includes Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Its official name is the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. But, unlike those famous parks, it's not a concentrated preserve, with campgrounds and paths within its boundaries. As the longest, skinniest part of America's national park system, the A.T. stretches over 14 different states and passes through more than 60 federal, state, and local parks and forests. Hundreds of roads cross it. In some parts, the Trail "corridor" is only a few hundred feet wide.
In 1921, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail was simply an idea. Benton MacKaye proposed the idea of the Trail as the connecting element of a project in regional planning. The efforts of countless volunteers made that part of MacKaye's idea a reality. Today, the Appalachian Trail is best known as a simple footpath.
At a Glance - The Appalachian Trail, completed in 1937:
Is a privately managed unit of the national park system.
Is the nation's longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,178 miles.
Is the first completed national scenic trail, designated in 1968.
Crosses six other units of the national park system.
Traverses eight national forests.
Touches 14 states. Houses more than 2,000 occurrences of rare,threatened,endangered,and sensitive plant and animal species at about 535 sites.
Crosses numerous state and local forests and parks.
Is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships.
Fun facts about the Appalachian Trail:
Lowest elevation: 124 feet near the Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain, New York
Highest elevation: 6,625 feet on Clingmans Dome in Tennessee
There are 165,000 blazes along the length of the Trail.
More than 10,000 people have reported hiking the length of the Trail.
It takes approximately 5 million footsteps to walk the entire length of the Trail.
It takes the average thru-hiker anywhere from 4 to 7 months to complete the entire trail
More than 6,000 volunteers contribute about 200,000 hours to the Appalachian Trail every year.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources associated with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in order to provide primitive outdoor-recreation and educational opportunities for Trail visitors.
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more: www.appalachiantrail.org