Along VA's Appalachian Trail and Along the Appalachian Trail: GA, NC, and TN

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The Appalachian Trail was proposed by Benton MacKaye in 1921. Now a component of the National Park Service, the trail was, and still is, primarily built, maintained, and overseen by volunteers. Selected from the archives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the National Park Service, and local Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs, the approximately 200 vintage photographs in each of Along the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee and Images of America: Along Virginia’s Appalachian Trail provide a look at life in the mountains before and during the trail’s creation, how it came into being, who its early champions were, the many relocations the trail has experienced, and the volunteers who have constructed and maintained it.

Along the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee contains never-before-published photographs of the trail's first terminus atop Mt. Oglethorpe, the early route to Springer Mountain, the trail's route in the western Smokies, and places the trail has been rerouted from in Tennessee and North Carolina. The heretofore unpublished photographs in Along Virginia’s Appalachian Trail include scenes from McAfee Knob and Catawba Mountain in the early part of the 20th century and the trail's original route along what is now the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Leonard M. Adkins has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail five times, and is the author of 16 books about the outdoors, nature, and travel, including five concerning the trail. He has aided the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in identifying and protecting rare and endangered plants by being a Natural Heritage Monitor and a ridgerunner. He has also been on the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club’s Board of Directors, a volunteer maintainer of a trail section near McAfee Knob, and is a field editor for the foremost guide for Appalachian Trail hikers that is updated annually.

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