- Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Footpath, Appalachian Mountains, U.S. Extending over 2,000 mi (3,200 km) from Mount Katahdin, Maine, to Springer Mountain, Georgia, along the crest of the mountains, the trail passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, and 2 national parks.Hikers and volunteers maintain the shelters and campsites. The trail's highest point is Clingmans Dome (6,643 ft [2,025 m]) in the Great Smoky Mountains. Originally established by hikers in the 1930s, it became part of the National Trail System established by the U.S. Congress in 1968.
* * *mountain footpath in the eastern United States extending from northeast to southwest for 2,174 miles (3,499 km) along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains, from Mount Katahdin (Katahdin, Mount), Maine, to Springer Mountain, Georgia. The trail passes through 14 states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia), 8 national forests, and 6 units of the national park system.Short hikes are the primary use of the footpath, but each year a few thousand “thru-hikers” attempt to complete the entire trail, usually starting from Springer Mountain in March or April. hiking the trail in its entirety takes five to seven months. Primitive shelters are located 10 to 12 miles (16 to 19 km) apart.Wildlife along the path includes moose, black bears, deer, coyotes, bobcats, woodchucks, porcupines, and raccoons. Some of the trail's most rugged terrain is in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where portions of the path lie exposed above the tree line, and in Maine, where trekkers must make steep ascents and descents through a series of 4,000-foot (1,200-metre) mountains. The trail reaches its highest elevation, 6,643 feet (2,025 metres), as it crosses the summit of Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near the Tennessee–North Carolina border. Popular spots along the route include Baxter State Park in Maine, the White Mountains, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Mount Rogers (Rogers, Mount) in Virginia, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Blood and Springer mountains in Georgia. Fall foliage and pastoral farms in New Hampshire and Vermont are highlights. Of the 14 states, Virginia contains the longest stretch of trail, as well as a variety of landscapes and wildlife; the path crosses Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Shenandoah National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The route travels on or near the Tennessee–North Carolina state line for about 200 miles (300 km) across grassy balds (elevated mountainous areas that contain no woody plants) and through forests. The southern portion of the trail is noted for areas of heavily forested wilderness and dazzling springtime displays of dogwood, azalea, and rhododendron blossoms.Benton MacKaye, a regional planner for Massachusetts, is credited with spearheading the effort to build the Appalachian Trail when he published an article in 1921 promoting its creation. The first section of the footpath was opened in October 1923 in New York. Construction continued until 1937—the joint effort of volunteers from hiking clubs and other organizations coordinated by the Appalachian Trail Conference (founded by MacKaye), federal agencies, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Segments of the trail have been relocated numerous times both to enhance its scenic quality and as a result of natural disasters, road construction, and land development. Volunteers affiliated with the Appalachian Trail Conference are responsible for the management of the footpath. The trail became one of the two initial units of the National Trail System established by the U.S. Congress in 1968, the other being the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Nearly the entire trail runs through public lands.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail — Karte Appalachian Trail Pocosin cabin am Weg im Shenandoah National Park … Deutsch Wikipedia
Appalachian National Scenic Trail — Sendero en los Apalaches en EE.UU. Considerado el más largo del mundo, se extiende por unos 3. 200 km (2.000 mi) desde el monte Katahdin, Maine, hasta el monte Springer, Georgia, siguiendo las cumbres montañosas. El sendero cruza 14 estados, 8… … Enciclopedia Universal
National Scenic Trail — is a designation for protected areas in the United States that consist of trails of particular natural beauty. National Scenic Trails were authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 (Public Law 90 543) along with National Historic… … Wikipedia
National Scenic Trail — Der Oregon Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail und California Trail verlaufen teilweise gemeinsam, bevor sie sich in den Rocky Mountains aufspalten Das National Trails System der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika umfasst als Trails bezeichnete … Deutsch Wikipedia
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail — ▪ path, United States primitive mountain footpath and equestrian trail in the western United States that, when complete, will extend from north to south some 3,100 miles (5,000 km), from the border of Canada to the border of Mexico, through a… … Universalium
New England National Scenic Trail — Crag Mountain along the Metacomet Monadnock Trail in Northfield, Massachusetts The New England National Scenic Trail is a National Scenic Trail in southern New England, which includes most of the three single trails Metacomet Monadnock Trail,… … Wikipedia
National Millennium Trail — National Millennium Trails are 16 long distance trails selected from 58 nominees as visionary trails that reflect defining aspects America s history and culture. The trails were chosen on June 26, 2000 by the White House Millennium Council.… … Wikipedia
National Historic Trail — Der Oregon Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail und California Trail verlaufen teilweise gemeinsam, bevor sie sich in den Rocky Mountains aufspalten Das National Trails System der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika umfasst als Trails bezeichnete … Deutsch Wikipedia
National Recreation Trail — Der Oregon Trail, Mormon Pioneer Trail und California Trail verlaufen teilweise gemeinsam, bevor sie sich in den Rocky Mountains aufspalten Das National Trails System der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika umfasst als Trails bezeichnete … Deutsch Wikipedia
National Historic Trail — is a designation for a protected area in the United States containing historic trails and surrounding areas. They are part of the National Trails System. National Historic Trails were authorized under the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 … Wikipedia