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AS A BACKPACKER AND conservationist, the Wild East is so inspiring! Thank you for everything you do to protect these beautiful Appalachian corridors!

Erin Tate
St. Louis, Missouri

YOUR SUMMER ISSUE ABOUT the historical points on the A.T. was masterful. However, there is one point of history of which few are aware. Cowart Gap is traversed by the A.T. 1.8 miles north of Dick’s Creek Gap at Georgia Highway 76. The great Cherokee Trading Path from the Carolina Low Country crossed the Chattooga River at Sandy Ford (Georgia/South Carolina line). Today, a forest road crosses the A.T. at Cowart Gap. It climbs up from the Plumb Orchard Valley to the east. It’s a peaceful place. The siege and surrender of Fort Loudon in 1760 is accurately depicted in the movie, The Last of the Mohicans.

Mike Maffett
Lake Burton, Georgia

WHILE DESCRIBING THE Veterans War Memorial Tower in Massachusetts, the Summer 2019 edition of A.T. Journeys (Trailhead, page 18) states the “The 93-foot-high tower…was constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.” I suspect this statement may be incorrect. First, the CCC consisted of young men, ages 18 — 25, who did mostly manual labor. Although these young men did significant work on Mount Greylock, the construction of a tower of this magnitude would be beyond their abilities. Second, these words appear on the tower, “Erected by Massachusetts in grateful recognition of the loyalty and sacrifice of her sons and daughters in war.” The CCC was a federal program.

Van “Yonder” Adams
Greencastle, Pennsylvania


Thank you for your correction. To clarify: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts built a War Memorial on the summit in 1930, and between 1933 and 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed a number of additional structures on the summit, including the rustic Bascom Lodge, built of native stone and timber. They also built roads, trails, and a campground on the Greylock reservation.

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Me and my group do our best to help clean our trails one hike at a time.
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15 years ago I was finishing my GA-ME thru hike. Thank you to the ATC and volunteers for the important work you do to protect and preserve the Trail for us all!
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The spruce forests you find in the Roan Highlands are beautiful and enchanting. When you crest the mountain and find yourself amidst these beautiful trees it is one of the A.T.’s most memorable experiences.
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