Appalachian Trail Histories

The Moreland Gap Shelter was built in 1960 by the U.S. Forest Service and is located in the Cherokee National Forest. It is maintained by the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club. Note the large trash pile to the left of the shelter and the vandalism on the shelter walls. Litter and vandalism were increasingly a problem along the AT in the early 1970s and led the Appalachian Trail Conference to consider removing the shelters altogether.

Collection: Trail Shelters
Moreland Gap Shelter 05031974.jpg

Vandalism, specifically graffiti, continues to be a major problem along the Appalachian Trail. This photograph was taken in 1971 and shows one of Hawk Rock's scenic views ruined by expressions of painted art. In recent years, continued graffiti on the same ledge has forced the local trail club to partake in cleanup efforts.

Collection: Crime on the Trail