Along the Appalachian Trail
Predaring the Great Smoky Mounrains National Park and the
Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail was established in the 1920s. Yet even after volunteers had begun the pathway's construction, its southern terminus was still undetermined. The more than 200 vintage photographs of Images of America: Along the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee have been culled from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, National Park Service, local trail maintaining clubs, state archives, and historical societies. They illustrate the sweat, toil, and dedication that went into building the trail over some of Eastern America's highest and most rugged terrain.
Also chronicled are the people who lived along the trail's route, those who volunteered to physically build it or lobby for its creation, and the many relocations that have moved the pathway to optimal locations.
Author Leonard M. Adkins has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail five times and is the author of 17 books about the outdoors and travel, including five concerning the trail. He has aided the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in protecting rare and endangered plants by being a Natural Heritage monitor and a ridge runner. He has also been on the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club's board of directors and a volunteer maintainer of a trail section near McAfee Knob.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in che preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.