Monday, May 29, 2023

Virginia's Lost Appalachian Trail

I had the privilege of attending a great lecture on the Lost Appalachian Trail, with a special focus on the Meadows of Dan area. The lecture shed light on a forgotten piece of our hiking history. One standout feature was a National Geographic article from 1949! It offers a deep dive into the history of the trail, especially from page 233, which talks about the trail through the Meadows of Dan. If you're interested, you can find the article here:

If this piques your curiosity, you should definitely check out "Virginia's Lost Appalachian Trail" by Mills Kelly. Mills, a history professor at George Mason University, is not only an accomplished historian and a lifelong hiker but also has personal roots in the region - he was born at the old Roanoke Memorial Hospital (now Carilion Clinic) and lived briefly in Franklin County. His book offers an in-depth look at a 300-mile section of the Appalachian Trail that most hikers today still need to remember.

Exploring the Lost Appalachian Trail is such a unique way to connect with our history, culture, and nature. So, why not delve into these resources or even go on a walk on the trail? You never know what fascinating insights you might discover along the way!

#AppalachianTrail #HikingAdventures #HistoryLovers #MillsKelly

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