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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