Appalachian Trail Histories

This Appalachian Trail marker is located within Shenandoah National Park, right in front of Elkwallow along Skyline Drive. These markers help designate where the trail is when it crosses highways and other major gaps.

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This is the pamphlet that is handed out to guests who vacation to Shenandoah National Park. The lodge is located approximately halfway down the 104-mile-long Skyline Drive, and is the highest point of the highway. This map depicts the numerous cabins that make up the lodge, as well as shows where the Appalachian Trail crosses over and passes by Skyline Drive.

Skyland brochure.pdf

This is a white blaze along the Appalachian Trail, accessed from one of the Skyline Drive overlooks within Shenandoah National Park. The white blaze is commonly painted onto trees to mark the trail.

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This is a view of Shenandoah National Park from one of the many overlooks along Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive is a famous scenic route that extends the entire length of Shenandoah National Park, with one lane southbound and one lane northbound. Each of these overlooks give tourists a spectacular view such as what is seen in this photo.

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This is one of the many Appalachian Trail markers that are common along the entire trail. This particular marker is located within Virginia's Shenandoah National Park.

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This 1949 article in the National Geographic Magazine by Andrew H. Brown offers an account of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in the year after Earl Shaffer's historic first thru hike. Included a descriptions of many of the signature features of the Trail. Perhaps the most famous of all the AT thru hikers is Emma (Grandma) Gatewood, who credits reading this article with being her inspiration for embarking on her first hike from Georgia to Maine.
[Click on the image at right to read the full story.]

Collection: Media Coverage

Selections from the annual report of the Virginia Department of Public Welfare concerning the relocation of families from the lands of Shenandoah National Park


Hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 11980, a bill to provide for the securing of public lands in the Southern Appalachian mountains for perpetual preservation as national parks.

Collection: Legislation

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

Collection: Legislation

This two story shelter has space for as many as 20 hikers. Built in 1992, the shelter is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Leavell Garner, Jr. and was designed by his architecture school classmates. The shelter's costs were paid by Garner's parents, in memory of their son who loved hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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An act to establish a land and water conservation fund to assist the States and Federal agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation demands and needs of the American people, and for other purposes.

Collection: Legislation

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. Hoch (Pennsylvania) to establish a "national system of foot trails." Hoch's proposal was made as an amendment to the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1944. The transcript includes the text of the amendment, as well as statements by Hoch, Myron Avery of the Appalachian Trail Conference, L. F. Schmeckbier of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, as well as others in favor or or opposed to Hoch's amendment. The amendment, which failed to clear the committee, would have provided $50,000 per year for the acquisition of land or easements for up to 10,000 miles of foot trails in the United States.

Collection: Legislation
HR 2142 1945.pdf