Sunday, July 08, 2007

Great Eastern Trail Differentiated from Appalachian Trail

There is an article about the Great Eastern Trail appearing in the Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette under the headline "The trail of tomorrow; Great Eastern Trail, 1,700 miles long, is work in progress; route will pass through Twin Tiers" on 8 July 2007. Written by Jim Piffer, it describes the GET as something that will relieve pressure put on the Appalachian Trail by the latter's popularity. For example,
"The trail is being built to alleviate congestion on the granddaddy of Eastern hiking paths, the Appalachian Trail. Overuse of the Appalachian Trail has resulted in litter, trampled plants and crowded campsites.

"The Great Eastern Trail, also referred to as the GET, will run just west of the Appalachian Trail, and will be built mostly on public lands, such as state parks and forests and wildlife management areas, says Patrick Monahan, of Corning, project manager for the Great Eastern Trail in New York. ...

"When completed, it will run through wilderness areas that are more secluded than what you would find on the Appalachian Trial, says Jim Trondsen, of Painted Post, a hiker and the person who organizes and distributes the Three Rivers Outing Club's newsletter."
Sounds nice, eh?

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