The Appalachian Trail
By Mr. Armstrong
The Appalachian Trail is a continuous marked footpath that goes from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, a distance of about 2160 miles.
If you walked 10 miles a day, how many days would it take you to complete the Appalachian Trail?
Hint: The trail is 2160 miles long.
If you walked 10 miles a day, it would take you 216 days or 7.2 months to complete the Appalachian Trail.
The Appalachian Trail was the "brainchild" of Benton MacKaye, educated as a forester, who proposed connecting thread of already existing trails.
1921 he published his idea.
Who & When
On August 14, 1937, the Appalachian Trail became a reality.
1938, however, the trail was no longer continuous. A hurricane destroyed much of it in New England.
The first person to walk the whole trail or do a “thru hike” was Earl Shaffer.
Who and When
National Trails System Act, adopted late in 1968, made for a series of "national scenic trails" within the national park and forest systems.
The Appalachian Trail was the first trail to fall under this Act.
Since 1936, 7,830 hike completions have been recorded by ATC.
2,000-Milers By Decade
1940-1949 3 1950-1959 13