Appalachian Trail Histories

Debris damage after Hurricane Irene in a Virginia State Park


Benton MacKaye, who was first to propose the Appalachian Trail, poses for a photo along the Trail near Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on September 24, 1933.

Collection: Builders

A modern-day aerial view of Monson, Maine


Inside of the slate company mill operation with several workers. Monson slate is considered to be a fine quality because of the black color.


This is a newly developed wheelchair designed for rougher terrain. It has allowed many to take their chairs into nature without needing pavement, allowing more people to hike the AT as well.

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Leg braces have been designed to help those who are paralyzed be able to walk, increasing the opportunities for accessibility on the trail.


Harnessed dog with hiking pack


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Family with dog at Appalachian Trail Conservancy's visitor center


This is the original map, which Benton MacKaye developed, for creating his Appalachian Trail. It provides the proposed layout of the trails placement showing the states it would pass through.

Collection: Maps

The Black Outdoors is a rapidly expanding organization that promotes hiker diversity.

Collection: Trail Clubs
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Rulette Mapp is the founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, an organization that focuses on encouraging men and women of color to experience and feel comfortable with outdoor activiteis such as hiking, biking, and camping.

Collection: Trail Clubs
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A photograph of an antique store in Damascus, one of the many shops available to hikers and tourists.

Collection: Damascus, Virginia
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