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Tangled Roots

The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics



The Appalachian Trail, a thin ribbon of wilderness running through the densely populated eastern United States, offers a refuge from modern society and a place apart from human ideas and institutions. But as environmental historian and thru-hiker Sarah Mittlefehldt argues, the trail is also a conduit for community engagement and a model for public-private cooperation and environmental stewardship.

In Tangled Roots, Mittlefehldt tells the story of the trail’s creation. The project was one of the first in which the National Park Service attempted to create public wilderness space within heavily populated, privately owned lands.


Here's a good book for MST trail hikers by Walt Weber, available from Amazon


Carolina Mountain Club and its members interface with many other trail-related organizations.  Here are links to their sites:

American Hiking Society

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

     A.T. details

     A.T. maintaining clubs

Asheville Amblers

Blue Ridge Hiker - hiking trail guides for Dupont State Forest, Gorges State Park, and Pisgah Ranger District

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

Diamond Brand Outdoors

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Friends of the Smokies

Frugal Backpacker

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

     900 Miler Challenge

Greeneville Hiking Club (TN)

Greenville Natural History Association (SC)

High Country Hikers

Hiker to Hiker

Hiker Resource Guide

How to Prepare for Your Backpacking Trip

Meetup - The Asheville Hiking Group

Nantahala Hiking Club

National Forests in North Carolina

Nature Conservancy

Rattlesnake Lodge

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club

Tree Identification Guide