75th Anniversary of the Appalachian Trail

On Saturday, August 14, 1937, 75 years ago today,  the final section of the original Appalachian Trail (AT) was completed.  The AT has been rerouted and reblazed countless times since then, primarily to avoid walking through private property.

Celebrate the trail’s Diamond Anniversary.  Hike and defend the trail.  Encourage and support those who go farther than you or your loved ones.

Be thankful for the Appalachian Trail — one of America’s crown jewels.

Amicalola State Park’s Gateway to the Appalachian Trail. (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

The Appalachian Trail begins a few dozen miles north of Lake Lanier at Springer Mountain, not far from Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park.

Hiking the trail is the dream of a lifetime for millions of would-be wanderers who dwell within office cubicles unworthy of their existence.

Hitting the trail requires more than a dream, some hope, a new pair of shoes and a desire to run away.

To accomplish any goal … you must first begin.

Even the enormous effort necessary to thru-hike the 2,181 mile AT these days cannot compare to the task willingly accepted by thousands of volunteers to blaze, construct and maintain the treasure that is the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

The Diamond Blaze of the Appalachian Trail

We’ve captured a bit of the AT — past and present — that we’d like to share with you.

Click on the links below to gain new respect for the trail and those who strive to protect it for future generations.


Click Here to Tour the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Headquarters

Click Here for the Home of Trail Magic

Click Here for the AT Turns 75

Click Here for How the AT Inspired the Pan-Mass Challenge

Click Here for AT 75th Anniversary Celebrations