This website is the dev site for an eventual public history project focused on the history of the Appalachian Trail. Over the course of 2016 more content will be added and the formatting will change.

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Appalachian Trail Comprehensive Plan (1981)


Master planning document for the Appalachian Trail, adopted by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in 1981.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-578)


An act to establish a land and water conservation fund to assist the States and Federal agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation…

Hearings Before the Committee on Roads. House of Representatives. Seventy-Ninth Congress. First Session. On H.R. 2142 (October 24, 1945)

HR 2142 1945.pdf

A transcript of the hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Roads, October 24, 1945, on a bill proposed by Congressman Daniel K.…

Trails for America. Report on the Nationwide Trail Study (1965)


Report of the 1965 study commissioned by the Secretary of the Interior Morris Udall and completed by the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (U.S. Department…

National Trails System Act (1968)


The National Trails System Act of 1968 created three types of national trails, "to promote the preservation of, public access to, travel within, and…