Nearly 100 years ago, outdoor enthusiasts from New York and New England first began thinking about a hiking trail that would lead “from Maine to Georgia,” or the entire length of the Appalachian Mountains.
From its inception to today, the Appalachian Trail has inspired the dreams of many a hiker. Some take on some part of the storied trail, while others are not content until they conquer every last step of the AT.
The Appalachian Trail approaches the High Country from the Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee. Along Avery and Mitchell counties, it actually follows the North Carolina-Tennessee border from Elk Park Highway down to near Erwin, Tennessee.
To view a map of the Appalachian Trail, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/find-a-hike/interactive-map
Damascus, Virginia hosts a three-day weekend event dedicated to the Appalachian Trail called Trail Days, complete with craft and food vendors, informational booths, live music and more. For more information, visit www.traildays.us.