A Tour of America's National Scenic Trails

A tour of national scenic trails, including: Appalachian, Continental Divide, Nachez Trace, Potomac Heritage, North Country, Pacific Crest and Ice Age trails.

| August/September 1997

  • 163-026-01_01a.JPG
    Map: The Continental Divide national scenic trail.
  • Pacific Crest national scenic trail
    Lying along the spectacular shoulders of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges from Canada to Mexico, the Pacific Crest is the West Coast counterpart of the Appalachian Trail.
  • 163-026-03_01a.JPG
    Map: Ice Age national scenic trail.
  • 163-026-02_01a.JPG
    Map: Florida national scenic trail.

  • 163-026-01_01a.JPG
  • Pacific Crest national scenic trail
  • 163-026-03_01a.JPG
  • 163-026-02_01a.JPG

Learn about the grandeur of our national scenic trails. (See the scenic trail maps in the image gallery.)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Jurisdiction: National Park Service
Route: 2,159 miles (km 3,482)

The Appalachian Trail was first envisioned in 1921 by Benton Mackaye as a greenway from Maine to Georgia. The trail hugs the crests of the Appalachian Mountains and is open only to hikers. Shelters are spaced for convenient overnight stays. The Appalachian Trail Conference, established in 1925, developed the trail and maintains it today through affiliated volunteer trail clubs. Only 65 miles still need protection through public ownership. More than 200 people each year hike the entire trail, while millions find inspiration and adventure on shorter trips along the "A.T."

Contact: Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV.

National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Project Office, c/o Harpers Ferry Center, Harpers Ferry VVV.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Jurisdiction: Forest Service
Established: 1978
Route: 3,200 miles (5,150 km)

2/4/2008 12:37:47 PM

Please note that the Continental Divide Trail Alliance is the leading non-governmental partner with the land management agencies working to complete the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Our website is www.cdtrail.org. Thank you form amking this correction to the recent article you posted about the National Scenic Trails.

Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019


Next: April, 27-28 2019
Asheville, NC

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters