"If these people were on the skyline, and kept their
eyes open, they would see the things that the giant could see."
More Appalachian Trail
About the Appalachian Trail
For a brief history of the trail (MacKaye and beyond) - GeorgiaTrails
Facts & history - Cloudwalker's Appalachian Trail Page with links to history and info about how to do the trail
Planning for the Appalachian Trail - some wisdom in here from someone who has done it 10 times!
For the north-east section of the trail, an excellent site is provided by the Appalachian Mountain Club: http://www.outdoors.org/
Lots of links & interesting stuff about the AT - Geographical stuff - outdated though
More links - peak to peak - http://www.peaktopeak.net/app.html
About Benton Mackaye
For more on MacKaye's personal background, see box on http://www.appalachiantrail.org/about/pdfs/TYbuild.pdf
A 64-page special section from the July/August 2000 Appalachian Trailway News that includes never-before-published photographs and fresh insights into the lives of Myron H. Avery and Benton MacKaye. You can download or view articles in PDF format or purchase a special limited printing. There is also a biography of Benton MacKaye by Larry Anderson due for publication in 2002 by Johns Hopkins University Press.
MacKaye, B. (1921). An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning. Journal of the American Institute of Architects, October. http://www.fred.net/kathy/at/MacKaye.html or http://www.appalachiantrail.org/about/pdfs/MacKaye.pdf
King, B. B. (2000). The era of trailbuilding. Appalachian Trailway News, July, http://www.appalachiantrail.org/about/pdfs/TYbuild.pdf
Appendix (from http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0830958.html)
MacKaye, Benton , 1879–1975, American forester and regional planner, b. Stamford, Conn., grad. Harvard (B.A., 1900; M.A. School of Forestry, 1905); son of Steele MacKaye. He was a research forester of the U.S. Forest Service; he planned and helped in the construction of the Appalachian Trail (1921) and served on the regional planning staff of the Tennessee Valley Authority (1934–36) and on the staff of the Rural Electrification Administration (1942–45). MacKaye's philosophy of regional planning is given in The New Exploration (1928).