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This map of a proposed Appalachian Trail appeared in Benton MacKaye's essay, "An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning," Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 9 (October 1921): 325-30. It shows the original route he had in mind for the Trail as well as a variety of connecting trails that either existed or were already in the planning or construction stages.

Collection: Maps
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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 map of the Appalachian Trail was produced by the Appalachian Trail Conference in 1948. It shows the southern terminus at Mount Oglethorpe (rather than the current Springer Mountain).

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This 1938 map of the Appalachian Trail from Harrisburg, PA to Damascus, VA, appeared on the back of the stationary of the Appalachian Trail Conference beginning in the late 1930s. It describes those portions of the Trail covered by the PATC's Guide to Paths in the Blue Ridge: Measured Distances and Detailed Directions for 506 Miles of the Appalachian Trail and 65 Miles of Side Trails in Virginia and Adjacent States, originally published in 1931 and reprinted numerous times since.

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Image from page 6 of "The Appalachian Trail", published by the U.S. Forest Service in 1964.

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Map of the proposed Appalachian Trail, hand-drawn by Benton MacKaye for the first meeting of the Appalachian Trail Conference, March, 1925. Although this map became the blueprint for the Trail, the final terminus for the path ended up being Springer Mountain, not the Cohutta Mountains of North Georgia as he proposed in this map.

MacKaye Map 1925.jpg

Map from the Confederate Engineer Bureau in Richmond, Va. General J.F. Gilmer Chief Engineer . Presented to the West Point Military Academy by his only daughter, Mrs J.F. Minis, Savh, Ga

Collection: Nicholson Hollow
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