The AT Awaits!

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Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. An anonymous quote can change perspective and ideas about a simple path to get people from one point to another, either emotionally in life or from one to another physical place. The Appalachian Trail has come to be the literal and metaphorical path that has been formed over many years only by people walking on it. In the founding, mapping, and building of the trail many have come to find that its beautiful scenery and serenity mesh perfectly with its sharp turns and drop-offs. These features come together to create the East coast’s longest trail. The idea of a trail that stretches from almost the Northern border to almost the Southern border came to Benton MacKaye around the third of March in 1925. MacKaye teamed up with the Regional Planning Association and devised a plan to put the idea into action. In 1937 with the work of hundreds of volunteers, whom included Benton MacKaye, the path was cut and mapped and came to be the Appalachian Trail. MacKaye and the volunteers began the trail in Mt. Kahtadin, Maine and ended in Springer Mountain, Georgia, this made the length come to a whopping 2,180 miles. The trail was finished being marked off in about 1937, but did not become an official trail until 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the National Park Systems Act on the second of October. The Act made the Appalachian Trail as well as the Pacific Crest Trail the first official trails of the United States. The terrain and physical features of the Appalachian Trail differ from flat stretches of land for miles to mountain sides that are difficult to climb even for some season... ... middle of paper ... ...ll not catch cholera on their trip. Besides the facilities at each stop the trail does not stray too far from civilization so much that hikers could not get to food and/or water within a day or two when necessary. The Appalachian Trail’s history and significance could be as long and interesting as the 2,180 miles that have come together to form the path. Many people have come to love and enjoy the journey on which the Appalachian Trail takes them. The joys greatly overwhelm the fears that come with the thought of hiking through a long path of forest and encountering wildlife. Benton MacKaye’s idea has made many people’s lives that much more enjoyable. Works Cited Page Appalachiantrail.org/about-the-trail/history.N.P.,n.d. Web. 13 Mar 2014. “Appalachian Trail”. Encyclopedia Brittanica. 2010. Print The National Parks-America’s Best Idea. 2010. Print.
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