2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The original trail, roughly 2,181 miles long, took 15 years to build, and was finished on Aug. 14, 1937, when a Civilian Conservation Corps crew completed a two-mile section of the A.T. on Sugarloaf Mountain in central Maine. Today, 2-3 million people visit the Trail every year and about 2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the Trail.
(details taken from the lovely folks at Walkabout Outfitter (www.walkaboutoutfitter.com)
To learn more about this year-long celebration, check out:
To celebrate, The Wild Donahues are set to hit the trail this evening, around 6, to catch the sunset on our favorite spot on the trail! We’ll park at the 311 parking lot and walk south just about a mile. We’d love to catch you on the trail, as well.