Take a Hike!

Today is Take a Hike Day.  

The Appalachian Trail is a great place for a hike!  Here are some fascinating facts it:
•The Appalachian Trail is 2,200 miles long.
•The trail goes through 14 states and is the longest running hiking only trail in the world.
•It is the largest and longest running volunteer conservation project in the world.
•On average the trail crosses a road every four miles.
•Skyline Drive follows the original path of the  Appalachian trail.
 

Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive

•The Skyline Drive has four entrance stations.
•It has 75 overlooks.
•You can camp by the Skyline Drive at four different campgrounds.
•There are 93 streams by the Skyline Drive.
•The Skyline Drive is in Shanendoah National Park which is 197,438.76 acres.

Right next door to the American Treasure Tour is another great place to hike, the Valley Forge National Park with 19.5 miles of hiking trails.

Valley Creek at Valley Forge National Park.

Valley Creek at Valley Forge National Park.

Mount Washington in New Hampshire has significance in the early form of hiking as a hobby in the U.S.   In 1819 Able Crawford and his son Ethan cleared a trail to the summit of Mount Washington, seen below.  This 8.5 mile path is the oldest continually used hiking path in the U.S.

Mount Washington

Mount Washington

According to Wikipedia, there is hiking etiquette.  See it here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiking