Appalachian Trail celebrates 75 years

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Tuesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail. The 2,180-mile path stretches across 14 states from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Katahdin, Maine.

It took 15 years for hundreds of volunteers, state and federal partners, trail maintenance clubs and young workers with the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps to build the original path. In the decades since, nearly 99 percent has been relocated or rebuilt, and transferred from private to public ownership.

The Appalachian Trail was completed as a continuous footpath on August 14th, 1937.{ } More than 550 miles of the trail are found in Virginia.

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