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


Map: The Continental Divide national scenic trail.


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.

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