Appalachian Trail Histories

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Members of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club enjoying the big chestnut tree stop, March 5, 1932. Before the Chestnut Blight wiped out almost all American Chestnut trees in the Eastern United States, trees of this size were not uncommon along the Appalachian Trail.

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An American Chestnut Tree prior to the chestnut blight of the 1920s.

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