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Take a Hike

But Wait…

First, we want you to know a little bit about trail management. Many people think the Appalachian Trail is an “old Indian trail” or connect- ed using old animal trails. Actually the Trail was constructed through the efforts of thousands of volunteers. Today more than 5000 volun- teers continue to maintain the Trail from Georgia to Maine.

The Appalachian Trail is primarily a backcountry or primitive trail to provide a wilderness experience. We also want to protect the sur- rounding natural and cultural resources, so we design and construct the Trail with these values in mind.

Trail construction and maintenance involves the building of rock steps, bridges, and placing the path on the landscape so that it is not eroded by water. In some places water bars (logs or rocks placed in the Trail) divert water off of the Trail surface. Vegetation needs to be trimmed back from the Trail edges. Trail blazes and signs need to be placed appropriately so hikers can find their way.

While you are hiking, take note of the condition of the Trail.

Field Notes

Is it in good condition?

Was it easy to find your way?

Are there improvements you would suggest?

What was your favorite section of Trail?

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