10 Things You Should Know About the Appalachian Trail

On March 3, 1925, roughly two dozen outdoor enthusiasts meeting at the Raleigh Hotel in Washington, D.C., formed an all-volunteer organization charged with building the Appalachian Trail.

Though work at first proceeded only in fits and starts, the Trail eventually skyrocketed in popularity, attracting the attention of prominent politicians who protected it from development.

Today, an estimated 2 to 3 million visitors walk on it each year, including a few hundred who finish the entire thing, an achievement known as a “thru-hike.”

Ninety years after the conference that kick-started its construction, explore some illuminating facts about the 2,189-mile footpath.


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