Appalachian National Scenic Trail - History
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jan 26, 2005, 03:23

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The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is one of the longest scenic trails in America. It stretches from Maine to Georgia and includes almost a quarter of a million acres, a portion of which is in Vermont. The total trail length is 2,174 miles according to the National Park Service.

Each year over three million hikers enjoy a hike along a potion of the trail, but according to the Appalachian Trail Conference there is a small group that actually completes the entire trail each year. These hearty individuals are called "2000-milers." According to their statistics, 8082 hikers have completed the trail since 1936.

Some people have completed the trail in segments over a number of years. Each year they return to the trail to complete another section of this remarkeable hike becoming almost an obsession with some. Others complete it in a year's time usually taking 4-8 months for the hike.

The Appalachian Trail Conference has a world of information on the trail and the "2000-milers" that have completed the journey. The Appalachian Trailway News contains feature stories about the trail and lists the individuals that complete this remarkable trek through America. Issues from 2004 to present are available on their website in PDF form.

Source: National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conference

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