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Franconia in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Appalachian Trail

 
 
The Appalachian Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
1. The Appalachian Trail Marker
Inscription. The Appalachian Range stretches from the Canadian Border to the edge of the Mississippi, a distance of 3,000 miles. Today, a hiking trail follows the backbone of this range from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine: passing through 14 states in its total length of 2,034 miles.

This trail was the brainchild of Barton MacKaye, forester and author, who in 1900 made mention of the idea. The first mile was cut in New York state in 1922, the last in Maine in 1937.<

First to hike its entire length was Myron Avery who started in Maine in the 1920’s and finished in 1936. It was Avery who helped MacKaye turn the idea into reality. During the first 11 years of the trail’s existence only 6 or 7 people had walked its entire length, each over a period of years. It was generally thought that to cover the full distance in one hike was impossible.

First to walk its entire length in on trip was Earl Shaffer, who in 1948 covered the distance, south to north, in 124 days. averaging 16 ½ mile per day. 17 years later, at age 46, he reversed the direction this time averaging 20 ½ miles per day and reducing his total time by 5 weeks. More than 1000 hikers have now walked the entire length in one season with the number growing yearly.

The Appalachian Trail is now a National Scenic Trail under state and federal protection.

The Appalachian Trail over Mt. Washington image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 1997
2. The Appalachian Trail over Mt. Washington
In New Hampshire, it crosses the Franconia Notch Parkway not far from this spot. Many hikers report the 154 miles through New Hampshire’s White Mountains as being the most rugged of the trail’s total length due to steep terrain and severe weather conditions.
 
Location. 44° 10.017′ N, 71° 40.883′ W. Marker is in Franconia, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker can be reached from Styles Bridges Highway (U.S. 93). Touch for map. The marker is in the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site in Franconia Notch State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Franconia NH 03580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cannon on the Skyline (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Niels F.F. Nielsen, Jr. (about 400 feet away); Why is it called A NOTCH? (about 800 feet away); The Old Man of the Mountain (about 800 feet away); A Delicate Balance (about 800 feet away); Franconia Notch (about 800 feet away); Profile Lake (about 800 feet away); Landslides (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franconia.
 
Categories. Landmarks
 
The Appalachian Trail image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
3. The Appalachian Trail
An Appalachian Trail cabin image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
4. An Appalachian Trail cabin
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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