Photo by Loy Elliott

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: WALKING FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE

Six hikes at varying levels of difficulty brought together a range of individuals, from small children to the avid hikers. The hikers traveled in time as they walked along the Appalachian National Scenic and surrounding Park trails, with historians and interpreters sharing the rich local history that remains so evident on our landscape. These mini-lectures covered such topics as: local Native American history, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the age of resource extraction/industrialization, a local history of plants and animals in the region, the history of the Appalachian Trail featuring the first through-hiker (Earl Shaffer), and a virtual tour of the local Appalachian National Scenic Trail and fun related activities.

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