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OUTDOOR PURSUITS

THE NATION’S LONGEST “MARKED FOOTPATH” OFFERS ADVENTURE SEEKERS THE HIKE OF A LIFETIME

Appalachian

HIKING THE

As you stand atop a mountain on the Appalachian Trail experiencing all of the beauty around you, you can’t help but feel free. Our state of Virginia is home to 544 miles of the trail, more than any of the other 13 states through which the trail passes. It’s an adventure that over 3 million visitors enjoy each year in some capacity. At 2,190 miles long, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the nation’s longest “marked footpath” and runs from the summit of Springer Mountain in Georgia to the top of Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail, which traverses in a north-south route began as a vision of forester Benton MacKaye, and opened as a continuous trail in 1937. The National Trails System Act of 1968 then designated it as the first national Scenic Trail. Today, it is also the largest and longest-running volunteer conservation project

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Wine & Country Living Spring 2018  

Wine & Country Living Spring 2018