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