Predating the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail was established in the 1920s. Yet even after volunteers had begun the pathway’s construction, its southern terminus was still undetermined.
The more photographs in Along the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee have been culled from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, National Park Service, local trail maintaining clubs, state archives, and historical societies. They illustrate the sweat, toil, and dedication that went into building the trail over some of Eastern America’s highest and most rugged terrain.
Also chronicled are the people who lived along the trail’s route, those who volunteered to physically build it or lobby for its creation, and the many relocations that have moved the pathway to optimal locations. The author hopes that “in addition to educating more people about the history and scenery of the Appalachian Trail, that the book also creates a wider awareness of the formidable and heroic efforts of trail volunteers to help conceive, build, and maintain the pathway.”
Highlights of Along the Appalachian Trail:
• There are scenes from each of the sections that the local clubs maintain.
• Some of the trail’s earliest celebrities are featured in the book, such as Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, Earl Shaffer, and others.
• Readers can learn what the early users of the trail, including the first thru-hikers, looked like and the type of clothing and equipment they used.
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