Skyline Trail from Maine to Georgia (1949)
This 1949 article in the National Geographic Magazine by Andrew H. Brown offers an account of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in the year after Earl Shaffer's historic first thru hike. Included a descriptions of many of the signature features of the Trail. Perhaps the most famous of all the AT thru hikers is Emma (Grandma) Gatewood, who credits reading this article with being her inspiration for embarking on her first hike from Georgia to Maine.
[Click on the image at right to read the full story.]