Footpath, Appalachian Mountains, U.S. Extending over 2,000 mi (3,200 km) from Mount Katahdin, Maine, to Springer Mountain, Georgia, along the crest of the mountains, the trail passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, and 2 national parks. Hikers and volunteers maintain the shelters and campsites. The trail's highest point is Clingmans Dome (6,643 ft [2,025 m]) in the Great Smoky Mountains. With its first section opened in 1923, the trail was completed in 1937 and became part of the National Trail System established by the U.S. Congress in 1968.
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National Scenic Trails were authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-543) along with National Historic Trails and National Recreation Trails. National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails may only be designated by an act of Congress.
|Trail Name|| Year |
|Appalachian National Scenic Trail||1968||2,174|
|Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail||1968||2,638|
|Continental Divide National Scenic Trail||1978||3,100|
|North Country National Scenic Trail||1980||3,200|
|Ice Age National Scenic Trail||1980||1,000|
|Florida National Scenic Trail||1983||1,300|
|Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail||1983||700|
|Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail||1983||695|