One of the longest and most famous trails in the United States, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail traverses 14 states and leads explorers through mountains, forests, meadows and culturally important lands along the East Coast. Visitors can hike the entire 2,160-mile path between Georgia and Maine, or enjoy parts of the trail on weekend or day hikes.
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Advocacy in Action Parks, Not Pipelines! Legislation moving quickly through Congress would strip important protections that keep gas pipelines out of national parks. Since the 1920s, pipeline companies have needed to get Congressional approval for a right-of-way across National Park Service lands to construct an oil and gas pipeline. This is an important provision, ensuring that the public gets a vote before allowing national park land to be used to transport fossil fuels.
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Report Center for State of the Parks: Appalachian National Scenic Trail This report by the National Parks Conservation Association’s Center for State of the Parks provides a brief overview of the history of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, an explanation of how the trail is managed, descriptions of the trail’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources and the challenges they face, and recommendations for how to bolster current efforts to protect and preserve this American icon.