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Appalachian Trail celebrates 75th anniversary in August

Posted Dec 13 2012 7:21am
North Face Crimptastic Jacket Skyblue This year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion Cheap North Face Jacket of the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length from Georgia to Maine. The anniversary will occur on Tuesday, Aug. 14 north face nuptse. The original trail took more than 15 years to build and was completed on Aug. 14, 1937 north face clearance. Construction involved the cooperation of hundreds of volunteers, state and federal partners, local trail-maintaining clubs, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The Appalachian Trail travels through 14 states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Ga., to its northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine. Over 250,000 acres of contiguous Appalachian Trail lands are protected and managed along the footpath. An estimated 2 to 3 million people visit the Appalachian Trail every year. Hikers from across the globe are drawn to the trail for a variety of reasons: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people, strengthen old friendships or to experience a simpler life. About 2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the estimated 2,180 miles of the trail each year, with only one out of four completing the entire journey. For more information about the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail including ways to give back and local celebrations, visit appalachiantrail/75.

 

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