Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian National Scenic Trail: see Appalachian Trail.

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 Trail is a designation for protected areas in the United States that consist of trails of particular natural beauty.

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.

List of National Scenic Trails

Trail Name Year 
 Established
Length
 Authorized
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

Proposed trails currently being assessed by the NPS

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