The world’s longest hiking-only pathway, the Appalachian Trail, is honoured with a Google doodle. What you should know

On October 2, the Google Doodle will honor the Appalachian Trail, which is regarded as the world’s longest hiking-only pathway. The Appalachian Trail was one of the nation’s original National Scenic Trails when the National Trails System Act was created on October 2, 1968. The National Trails System Act, which was enacted in 1968 by former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, designated the Appalachian Trail as one of the first national scenic paths and recognized it as public land.

A 2,190-mile pathway that crosses 14 US states, the Appalachian Trail has been a popular destination for tourists for almost a century.

The Appalachian Trail connects the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia with the northern terminus at Katahdin in Maine by passing through fourteen states through the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range. According to the website of the Appalachian Path Conservancy, visitors come from all over the world to this path for a variety of reasons, such as to reconnect with nature, get away from the stress of city life, make new friends or strengthen existing ones, or live a simpler life.

According to Google’s explanation, the concept was initially put out in 1921 by Benton MacKaye, a forester, environmentalist, and lifelong outdoor enthusiast. An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning, his first concept, described a section with a number of self-sufficient agricultural settlements along the way. His cause attracted a lot of like-minded individuals, and eventually the group came to be known as the Appalachian Trail Conference.

The Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine was entirely linked by the end of 1937, thanks to the joint efforts of several trailblazers.

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Google doodle Here’s all you need to know:

Hiking the full trail takes about five to seven months and requires careful preparation and supplies.

Annually, about 3 million people visit the trail, and 3000 attempt to complete it end-to-end.

As per Google, the viewpoint at McAfee’s Knob is one of the most photographed spots on the trail.

The trail is home to thousands of plants and animals, including 2,000 rare and endangered species.

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