Harlem Valley celebrates 80 years on the Appalachian Trail

In support of individuals battling mental illness, a group of hiker-volunteers took on a section of the Appalachian Trail in a HIKE for Mental Health. Photo by Donna Chapman

DOVER — Known by countless travelers for its incredible hiking and broad scenic beauty, the Appalachian Trail (AT) recently celebrated 80 years of connecting people  with nature.

The idea for establishing a marked hiking trail began in October, 1921 when regional planner Benton MacKaye went public with his proposal for “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning.” 

Once he had gained enough support, he was able to present more specific plans and organize the Appalachian Trail Conference in March, 1925.

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