News: Appalachian National Scenic Trail Foundation Document Open For Public Comment Until January 9th, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) is starting the process of preparing a Foundation Document for planning and management for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and they would like the public to join in this effort.

For the NPS, a Foundation Document involves determining a National Scenic Trail's core purpose and significance, most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell the trail's important stories. Although the Foundation Document is not a decision-making document and does not include actions or
management strategies, it describes a shared understanding of what is most important about the trail. In this capacity, the Foundation Document will reestablish the underlying guidance for future management and planning decisions for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Because many of the trail's original planning documents are out of date, preparing the Foundation Document is the first step for considering the trail's future planning and study needs.

The National Park Service is now inviting you to play a role in charting the trail's future by sharing your thoughts on what is most important about the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and to help identify its most pressing threats and its greatest opportunities. The NPS staff will take your thoughts and feedback into consideration as they prepare the Foundation Document.

To learn more about the process and to make comments, visit:

For more information about the Appalachian Trail

You can visit the National Park Service's Appalachian Trail Park Page, which features a link to the AT brochure and map.  Guides and maps are produced and sold for the AT as it passes through each State between Georgia and Maine.  There are several books including the Thru-Hike Planner and the Data Book that can help hikers who are planning on hiking the entire AT or sections of it.