Appalachian Trail Histories

Hiker Cindy Sinclair in 1980 by a road on the Appalachian Trail. Wearing exercise shorts and a tee-shirt

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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Bethany Shoop May 29, 2014 on the Appalachian Trail near Hampton Tennessee. She is wearing a hiking skirt and shirt.

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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View of Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers

Collection: Iconic Locations
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This is what the Appalachian Trail looks like within Virginia's famous Shenandoah National Park. It looks quite easy, however the fallen leaves of autumn have disguised hidden roots and rocks that make this trail quite difficult to traverse without the right kinds of hiking boots.

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James T. Jones was known as "Bismark" along the Appalachian Trail. Once an avid hiker with an amiable personality, he was captured in Damascus, VA in 2015 by the FBI on several counts of corporate embezzlement. He had been on the FBI's wanted list since 2009 and apparently found recluse and a new identity on the AT where he was able to elude authorities for over five years.

Collection: Crime on the Trail

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 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 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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Structure Completion Dates

Lewis Spring Lean-to: May 1936
Rock Spring Shelter: June 1937
Doyle River Shelter: March 1937
Pocosin Shelter: June 1937
Big Run Lean-to: February 1939
Rip Rap Lean-to: February 1939
Old Rag Lean-to: September 1939
High Top Lean-to: October 1939
Pass Mountain Lean-to: October 1939
Meadow Springs Shelter: September 1939
Hawksbill Gap Lean-to: May 1940
Bearfence Lean-to:June 1940
Shaver Hollow Lean-to:July 1940
South River Lean-to:July 1940
Pinefield Lean-to: August 1940
Big Flat Lean-to: December 1940
Gravel Springs Lean-to: January 1941
Indian Run Lean-to: March 1941
Black Rock Lean-to: June 1941
Sawmill Run Lean-to: June 1941
Elkwallow Lean-to: December 1941

Collection: Trail Shelters

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


Photograph of Corbin Cabin, photographer unknown, but likely Ed Garvey. This photograph was taken before the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) took control of the cabin from the National Park Service and renovated it for use by hikers in 1954.


Photograph of Corbin Cabin, undated, but between the mid-1930s when George Corbin was forced to move out by the Commonwealth of Virginia and 1954 when the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club renovated the cabin.