Below are some important and useful planning documents relating to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Center for the State of the Parks: Park Assessments 2010
Use and Users of the Appalachian Trail Report 2000:
Did You Know?
Threats from commercial development and concern for recreational opportunities prompted Congress to pass the National Trails System Act in 1968. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail was the first trail to fall under this new act.