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TRAVELLER - The Appalachian Trail

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Yesterday's show explored the Appalachian Trail and featured local musicians and a book about the first woman to walk the entire trail in one season. If the AT is on your bucket list--either a continuous thru-hike or just doing a small section--the following information might be useful:

FAST FACTS:
1920s Regional Planner Benton McKaye conceived of the trail from Maine to Georgia
1937 footpath is complete
1968 AT became a unit of National Park System
Today it is managed by a unique public-private partnership (conservancy)
The route: Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine (14 states: GA, TN, NC, WV, VA, MD, PA, NJ, CT, NY, MA, NH, VT, ME)
Total length of 2,190 miles
Virginia has more miles of trail than any other state--550
3 million annual visitors
3,000 thru-hikers annual attempts 

RESOURCE:
Appalachian Trail Conservancy 
Lots of information to plan your hike including where to go Inn-to-Inn hiking as an option 

BOOKS:
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Awol on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr-Davis
Hiking Thru by Paul Stutzman

 

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