In the early twenties a project was conceived by Benton MacKaye, the founder of the Appalachian Trail

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – In the early twenties a project was conceived by Benton MacKaye, the founder of the Appalachian Trail, a 2000 mile foot path extending from Maine to Georgia. It traverses the crest of the Appalachian range and contrary to the ways of the Indians, it seeks the high points, instead of the low. It winds through fourteen states and follows the course of some established trail┬ásystems, such as the Long Trail in New England.

It has been thrilling to read about experiences of many who have walked the entire distance, and some who have made it several times. The passing of the National Trail System Act in 1968 protects the right of way and erects shelters. The project was completed in 1937, and the trail provides an ever increasing need as a refuge from a mechanized civilization; no motor vehicles are permitted. In the early 1930’s, a hiking group in Warwick blazed and maintained a 30 mile section. The average hiker has made the 2000 mile distance in four to six months