Alabama connection to the Appalachian Trail opens Sunday

A historic unveiling event is planned alongside Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail at Cheaha Mountain at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 celebrating the long awaited connection of the Pinhoti Trial to the world famous Appalachian Trail. A dramatic bronze plaque funded by the Alabama Tourism Department was bolted onto a large Alabama limestone boulder and will be unveiled at event.

At the founding meeting of the Appalachian Trail Conference in 1925,
the father of the trail, Benton MacKaye, laid out a vision for a trail
that would run 1,700 miles from Georgia to New Hampshire, “with
extensions proposed to Katahdin in Maine, in the north and, in the
south, to Lookout Mountain in Tennessee and then to Birmingham,
Alabama.” A senator from Maine had the trail extended into Maine in the
1930’s, but it has taken until 2008 for the trial to be extended into

The Alabama Tourism Department will be promoting the trial as part of
its outdoor tourism marketing program. Grey Brennan, Marketing Director
and Regional Director, and Lee Sentell will be on-hand for the
dedication. Brennan served as project manager for the award-winning
Year of Outdoor Alabama campaign and has continued to oversee the
marketing of outdoor tourism across Alabama.

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