Celebrating the Appalachian Trail

Today US celebrates the Appalachian Trail : 

viewpoint at McAfree's knob

  Explore the 2,190-mile footpath that spans across 14 U.S. states!

A Historic Journey Begins: National Trails System Act of 1968

Celebrating the Appalachian Trail

On October 2, Google Doodle commemorated the Appalachian Trail, the world’s longest hiking-only footpath. This trail, established as one of the United States’ first National Scenic Trails on October 2, 1968, has a rich history and significance that extends beyond its scenic beauty.

Presidential Recognition and Federal Land Acknowledgment 

Celebrating the Appalachian Trail

Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Trails System Act in 1968, officially designating the Appalachian Trail as a national scenic pathway and recognizing it as federal land. This historic legislation marked the beginning of a journey that has captivated hikers and nature enthusiasts for nearly a century.

A 2,190-Mile Adventure Across 14 States

Celebrating the Appalachian Trail

Stretching an impressive 2,190 miles, the Appalachian Trail winds through 14 U.S. states, offering a breathtaking journey along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The trail’s southern terminus is at Springer Mountain, Georgia, while its northern terminus lies at Katahdin, Maine.

The Appalachian Trail’s Global Appeal

Celebrating the Appalachian Trail

According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website, people from all over the world are drawn to this iconic trail for a myriad of reasons. Some seek to reconnect with nature, while others use it as an escape from the stresses of city life. The trail also serves as a meeting point for new friendships and an opportunity to deepen existing ones, all while experiencing the simple pleasures of life in the great outdoors.


the Appalachian Trail’s rich history, recognition as a national treasure, and its enduring appeal to nature lovers make it a truly remarkable landmark. Google’s celebration of this iconic trail on October 2 serves as a reminder of the endless adventures and opportunities for personal growth that it has provided for nearly a century.



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