History of the Appalachian Trail

 
 
 

MacKaye & Avery

1921: The trail was conceived by a regional planner Benton MacKaye who wrote his original plan, detailing a grand trail that would be a place for urban dwellers to get away.

1922: MacKaye’s idea was publicized with a story in the New York Evening Post under a full-page banner headline reading “A Great Trail from Maine to Georgia!”

1923: The first section of the trail was completed in October.

1925: The Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC) organization was formed in March.

End of the 1920s: Arthur Perkins, a retired judge, and his associate, Myron Avery, took over the ATC. Avery adopted the more practical goal of building a simple hiking trail.

1936: Avery became the first to walk the trail end-to-end, though not as a thru-hike.

1937: The trail was completed to Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine in August and the ATC shifted its focus toward protecting the trail lands and mapping the trail for hikers.

Shaffer 1948

1948: Earl Shaffer of York, Pennsylvania, brought a great deal of attention to the project by completing the first documented thru-hike.

1971: A permanent route had been marked after years of trail volunteers working with the National Park Service to map a permanent route

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