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2021 marks the 100-year anniversary of the publication of Benton MacKaye’s groundbreaking article, “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning.” As MacKaye presented it, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) would be “a new approach to the problem of living,” providing opportunities not only for recreation, but also for health, recuperation, and connections with nature in an increasingly industrialized world.

Even after a century, MacKaye’s original vision continues to inspire and guide us at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). These books celebrate the history of the Trail, what has been accomplished so far, and what the next century of A.T. conservation will look like.

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