Google Doodle Celebrates Appalachian Trail, World's Longest Hiking-Only Footpath

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Google Doodle Celebrates Appalachian Trail, World's Longest Hiking-Only Footpath
The Appalachian Trail is the world's longest hiking-only footpath, spanning 2,190 miles across 14 US states.
It has been serving sightseeing hikers for nearly 100 years.
On October 2, 1968, the National Trails System Act established the Appalachian Trail as one of the country's first National Scenic Trails.
Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act, declaring the trail as federal land.
Benton MacKaye, a forester and conservationist, first proposed the idea of the Appalachian Trail in 1921.
His plan outlined self-sustaining agricultural camps along the trail.
Many like-minded individuals joined his cause, forming the Appalachian Trail Conference.
Hiking the full trail takes about five to seven months and requires careful preparations and supplies.
Annually, about 3 million people visit the trail, with 3,000 attempting to complete it end-to-end.
McAfee's Knob, a viewpoint along the trail, is one of the most photographed spots.
The trail is home to thousands of plants and animals, including 2,000 rare and endangered species.
It offers a chance to reconnect with nature, escape the stress of city life, and meet new people or deepen old friendships.
The Appalachian Trail is a testament to the beauty and diversity of the American landscape.
It continues to inspire hikers from around the world to embark on this incredible journey.
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