Blazing Ahead: The History of the Appalachian Trail

Blazing Ahead: The History of the Appalachian Trail

Cover photo of Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail by Jeffrey H RyanAuthor and keynote speaker Jeffrey Ryan will share stories from his acclaimed book, Blazing Ahead, Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail at Trail Days, the quintessential trail gathering held annually in Damascus, Virginia.

“I am thrilled to be participating in Trail Days and especially to meet other trail enthusiasts”, says Ryan. “Like many hikers, I have a soft spot for Damascus and have great memories from past visits. I can’t wait to go back.”

The Appalachian Trail was an audacious idea in its time. And while the idea attracted initial support, it needed several key players to pitch in during critical moments to get it built, maintained and protected. Ryan will share how prodigious obstacles were overcome to create the incredible resource we enjoy today.

To learn more about Trail Days, visit their website.

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