Along the Appalachian Trail: West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
Unlike counterparts on other sections of the 2,180-plus-mile Appalachian Trail who could locate the pathway within national parks and forests, builders of the 270 miles of trail detailed in Along the Appalachian Trail: West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania did not have vast tracts of federal lands on which to construct the footpath. Yet, they succeeded in creating a trail within many of the states’ scenic areas.
Hundreds of vintage photographs—provided by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, National Park Service, state archives, and local trail-maintaining clubs—present an illustrated narrative of the Herculean work and dedication it took for volunteers to plan, build, and continue to maintain the trail in these states. Included are the glimpses of American history the trail passes by, the pathway’s early (and later) supporters and hikers, and original locations that have been rerouted off of today’s trail.
Leonard M. Adkins and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy