Volunteers help Appalachian Trail thrive as it marks 75 years
The idea for the Appalachian Trail began with the germ of an idea from the philosopher-forester Benton MacKaye. In October 1921, MacKaye, also a newspaper editor, published "An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning" in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects. The piece advocating for a wilderness footpath is considered the birth of the Appalachian Trail, Downs said.
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