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It is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms.It passes through 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.Upon taking over the ATC, Avery adopted the more practical goal of building a simple hiking trail.He and Mac Kaye clashed over the ATC's response to a major commercial development along the trail's path; Mac Kaye left the organization, while Avery was willing to simply reroute the trail.
The trail itself was completed in 1937 after more than a decade of work, although improvements and changes continue.
In 1936, A 121-day Maine to Georgia veteran's group funded and supported thru-hike was reported to have been completed, with all but three miles of the new trail cleared and blazed, by six Boy Scouts from New York City and their guides.
In 1948, Earl Shaffer of York, Pennsylvania, brought a great deal of attention to the project by publicizing the first claimed thru-hike.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.
T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.