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  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
  • Why.... this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Approx 2000 mile foot path
    • Alabama to New York
    • Coalition of member clubs
    • Utilizing existing trails
    • Connects North Country Scenic Trail with the Florida Scenic Trail.
    • Inspired by Earl Schaffer
    • Located west of Appalachian Trail
    • Wilderness area – remote
    • Extension of Benton MacKaye’s vision
    WHAT is…
  • Why.... this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Early 1900’s – Author, forester, member of the TVA and co-founder of the Wilderness Society.
    • Coined the term, “GeoTechnics” which was a philosophy of balancing the needs of humanity with the needs of nature.
    • Was one of the early opponents of urban sprawl and the impact it had on natural resources.
    • Lived during the height of the industrial revolution in the United States.
    • Best known for an article , “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning” , published in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects 9 (Oct. 1921): 325-330.
    • This article went on to spur the development of the Appalachian Trail (AT), which currently is a wilderness footpath running from Springer Mountain, GA to Mt. Katahdin, ME – 2,181 miles in length.
    Benton Mackaye’s Vision
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Appalachian Trail (AT) – The crown jewel of long distance trail. HUGE SUCCESS!
    • AT is attracting over 2 million day users per year.
    • 1948 – First “thru” hike of the AT completed (Earl Shaffer).
    • 2010 – Estimated 4,000 attempted thru hikes.
    • AT spawned creation of the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, North Country Trail, Florida Trail & Potomac Heritage Trail – All part of the 1968 Trails Act.
    • Eastern third of the US is home to two-thirds of it’s population.
    • The success of The Great Eastern Trail will help to preserve the wilderness experience of the AT for future generations!
    WHY?
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • First discussed in depth in 1969 at a meeting of the Tennessee Trails Association by then ATC Chairman of the Board, Stan Murray.
    • Fall of 2003, PATC met with Southeast Foot Trails Coalition (SEFTC) to discuss joint project. SEFTC endorsed project in 2004.
    • Fall of 2004, the American Hiking Society, National Park Service/RTCA, PATC and SEFTC signed a memorandum of agreement.
    • Spring of 2005 – Mid Atlantic Foot Trails Coalition (MAFTC) formed in Pennsylvania
    • Fall of 2005 the MAFTC and SEFTC settled on name of new trail
    • GREAT EASTERN TRAIL
    • Fall of 2007, member clubs met in Virginia and incorporated as the Great Eastern Trail Association.
    HOW
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? WHO – Member Clubs TuGuNu
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Alabama Trail
    • Alabama Pinhoti
    • Georgia Pinhoti
    • Lookout Mountain Trail
    • Cumberland Trail
    • Pine Mountain Trail
    • Bluestone Trail
    • Mary Draper Ingles Trail
    • Appalachian Trail
    TRAILS
    • Allegheny Trail
    • Shenandoah Mountain Trail
    • Carr Mountain Trail
    • North Mountain Trail
    • Tuscarora Trail
    • C & O Canal Trail
    • Standing Stone Trail
    • Mid State Trail
    • Finger Lakes Trail / Crystal Hill Branch
    LANDMARKS
    • Flagg Mountain
    • Lookout Mountain
    • Mushroom Rock
    • Cumberland Gap
    • Breaks Interstate Park
    • High Knob Tower
    • Big Schloss
    • Green Ridge State Forest
    • Thousand Steps
    • PA Canyonlands
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? “ TRAIL FRIENDLY” TOWNS
    • Andulasia, AL
    • Montgomery, AL
    • Cave Spring, GA
    • Chattanooga, TN
    • Wartburg, TN
    • Pineville, KY
    • Elkhorn City, KY
    • Matewan, WV
    • Pineville, WV
    • Mullens, WV
    • Pearisburg, VA
    • White Sulphur Springs, WV
    • Hancock, MD
    • Everett, PA
    • State College, PA
    • Mapleton / Mt. Union, PA
    • Woolrich, PA
    • Tioga, PA
    • Village of Addison, NY
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Starts at FL / AL Border @ FST.
    • Some trail, mostly road walk.
    • Susan Turner @ southern Terminus of GET – logged most mile to date.
    • Pinhoti starts primitive backcountry backpacking
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Opportunity to build “trail legs”.
    • Conecuh National Forest Trails
    • Discover South Alabama Culture
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Flagg Mountain, southernmost Appalachian mountain over 1000’,
    • Ridgeline backpacking on Alabama Pinhoti.
    • Talladega National Forest.
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? GEORGIA
    • Pinhoti moves into GA.
    • Trail town of Cave Springs, GA
    • Moves back again into AL
    • Ridgeline Backpacking into TN
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Some of the most scenic landmarks on the GET over the Cumberland Plateau.
    • Over 330 miles of remote backcountry hiking.
    • Some backcountry road walks.
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • From Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
    • To Breaks Interstate Park
    • Some of the most primitive backcountry backpacking on the East Coast !
    • Two shelters available – great campsites.
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? Twin Falls New River TuGuNu Section
    • You have never seen coal country like this before!
    • Newest section to be developed
    • Will carry the GET blazes
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Shared 20 mile section of AT.
    • Trail town of Pearisburg, VA
    • Allegheny splits off at Peters Mountain.
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • Allegheny Trail along the ridge tops of WV / VA.
    • Lake Sherwood
    • Meadow Creek Trail
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? Headwaters Section
    • Shenandoah Mountain Trail
    • North Mountain Trail
    • High Knob Tower
    • George Washington & Jefferson Nat’l Forest
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? Tuscarora Trail
    • Northern WV into Pennsylvania
    • Several Shelters available
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • C&O Canal at Hancock, MD
    • Paw Paw Tunnel
    • Green Ridge State Forest
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail?
    • PA Canyon lands in the north.
    • State Game Land restrictions.
    • Western Route
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? Rocksylvania?
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? Northern Terminus near Moss Hill Lean To – Crystal Hill Trail / FLT.
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? EXTENSIONS
    • NCT to the Adirondacks or North Dakota
    • FLT from PA to the Catskills
    • CT Branch to Niagara
    • Niagara to Bruce Trail, Canada
    • From the Everglades to Gulf Coast
  • What is this Great Eastern Trail? How to help?
    • Volunteer for Trail Maintenance
    • Club Sponsorship of sections
    • Corporate Sponsorship?
    • Get the word out about the GET!
    • HIKE THE TRAIL