Appalachian Trail Histories

It was noted that "negroes" began to appear in Shenandoah National Park in the late 1930's

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Shows the legal status in each state

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

Collection: Monson, Maine

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

Collection: Pets on the AT


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Family with dog at Appalachian Trail Conservancy's visitor center

Collection: Pets on the AT

The Raven Rock Shelter was built by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) in 2010 as a replacement for the Devil's Racecourse Shelter, one of the shelters constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Because the Devil's Racecourse Shelter was in need of substantial renovation, and because it had become a preferred location for non-hikers to stage parties (it was close to a road), the PATC decided to build the new shelter much further uphill, away from the road, and close to the Trail.

Collection: Trail Shelters

This shelter, located in Washington County, Maryland, is dedicated to the memory of Ensign Phillip Cowall. Its construction was financed with funds donated to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) by his parents, David and Cindy Cowall of Salisbury, Maryland, in 1998, in memory of their son, who had loved the Appalachian Trail. The shelter is located 1054.8 miles north of Springer Mountain (GA) and 1135 miles south of Mount Katahdin (ME).

Collection: Trail Shelters