The Long Trail

James P.Taylor hiking in Vermont – photo by Theron S. Dean

It came to my attention recently, never mind how, that the oldest long distance trail in the United States is not the Appalachian Trail (although the AT still has the honor of being the oldest National Scenic Trail) but the Long Trail in Vermont.  The Long Trail runs the length of the state from north to south and covers a total of 272 miles!

The Long Trail was built between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club in Vermont, but the idea for the trail was originally conceived by James P. Taylor, an educator, in 1910.  What is it about trails and educators starting them?  Hmmm?

Anyway, I have diverged from the topic of books, but will continue to sprinkle them in as I find more of them.  For now we can think back 100 years to the creation of the Long Trail in Vermont, and envision the newest long distance trail, The Great Plains Trail, taking shape 1,500 miles (as the Sandhill Crane flies) to the west!

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