In Benton MacKaye's October 1921 edition of the Journal of the American Institute of Architects article, he provided a suggested location of the Appalachian Trail with a main line from Mt. Washington to Mt. Mitchell, representing an area that contains more than half of the population of the United States. This map above highlights the areas of Benton MacKaye's vision for a series of recreational communities throughout the Appalachian chain of mountains from New England to Georgia to be connected by a walking trail. Its purpose is to establish a base for a more extensive and systematic development of outdoors community life and as a project in housing and community architecture.
Each month, we'll share more about this vision as we explore the words and wisdom that inspired many to ensure the Appalachian Trail and its surrounding landscape are protected forever for all to enjoy.