The Appalachian Trail, or “A.T.,” as it is called by hikers, is considered the longest footpath in the world, stretching over 2,180 miles and comprised of wooded slopes, ridges, valleys and farmland. The trail can be found within 14 states along the Eastern Coast of the US. The A.T traverses over many of the highest mountains on the Appalachian Mountain range and often can be found within just a few hours of East-Coast cities, but it still somehow remains an almost unrecognized part of our country. Hundreds of roads cross the Appalachian Trail, allowing easy access points for people looking to adventure.
Since 1921, the Appalachian Trail has been continuously developed and expanded thanks to volunteers. The trail itself has helped nature lovers and outdoorsman as a place to take day hikes, week hikes or even thru hikes, which is a term for those who are willing to try to hike the entire trail in one season. Thru hiking is a task that was not conceivably possible until army veteran named Earl V. Shaffer completed and documented the hike in 1938, making him the first person to do so. Since its inception, the trail has been inspiring dreams, fitness and life to those who can find themselves there. The trail itself will never stop changing and those that it affects will continue to change with it.