Filmmaker uses love for Appalachian Trail to make documentary

It runs more than 2,000 miles, from Georgia to Maine. The Appalachian Trail, the brainchild of Benton MacKaye had humble beginnings in 1921 and became a continuous footpath in August of 1937. “I learned a lot about life and a lot about people out on the Appalachian Trail,” said documentary filmmaker Sam Henegar.

Henegar has a special bond with the trail. “I started hiking with my dad when I was about 11 years old and grew up camping and grew up outdoors in East Tennessee,” he told News 5.

5 years ago, Henegar set out to tell the story of the American icon with a documentary. “It is the experience of hiking, of backpacking and also the history of the Appalachian Trail, which to my knowledge has never been broadcast before,” said Henegar.

He is not a filmmaker by trade, but it has become his hobby. “My work is seasonal, so in my downtime i would spend working, you know to edit, to do research.”

That seasonal work gave Henegar the means to make his documentary: The Appalachian Trail- An American Legacy.

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