Renown the world over, the Appalachian Trail is where many nature fanatics have shed blood, sweat, and tears — and for good reason. This North American trail traverses 14 states, winding through the Appalachian Mountains for over 2,000 miles in a grueling journey that few are able to complete.
The trail is managed by the National Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, but the path itself is maintained by more than 30 clubs and various partnerships, which include many of its hikers from over the years.
This beautiful trail has been protected from development by federal law under the National Trails System Act of 1968, and is a destination for people of all levels of expertise looking to conquer their own challenges. A large number of people who attempt the Appalachian Trail do so in parts, a hobby known as section hiking.
Even if you never set foot on the Appalachian Trail yourself, you can’t help but appreciate its majesty and what it means to people who are passionate about wild nature. This video offers a look into the trail’s history and why it’s so important to keep it protected today.
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