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Description:

Trash left by hikers at the Wiggins Shelter in Virginia, May 1970. Increasing use of the Appalachian Trail by both casual and long distance hikers in the late 1960s and early 1970s led to a number of problems such as increasing amounts of litter, increasing vandalism, and degradation of the environment around trail shelters. One response of the ATC was to urge trail maintaining clubs to remove trash receptacles from shelters (note the trash barrel in this image). Another was to embark on much more aggressive educational campaigns, like the very successful Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. Due to overuse problems like those pictured here, the Wiggins Shelter was removed from the Trail.

Collection:

Trail Shelters


Date:

05/24/1970

Creator:

Peter Dunning

Subject

Trail Shelters

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Black and white photograph

Source:

ATC Archives. Ed Garvey Correspondence.

Rights

Copyright Appalachian Trail Conservancy. All rights reserved.

Citation

Peter Dunning, “Trash Left By Hikers at the Wiggins Shelter (1970),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed October 14, 2019, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/557.

Geolocation

Wiggins Shelter.jpg