A.T. into Alabama?

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Is the Appalachian Trail getting an extension? Some folks in Alabama would like to see the southern terminus of the famous footpath in their state. According to an AP news story the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce is trying to spread the word the 115-mile Pinhoti Trail, which runs from the Georgia state line into the Alabama foothills, and eventually have the trail become an official extension of the A.T.

There has been no official petition, and Appalachian Trail Conservancy Executive Director David Startzell has been quoted as saying a move would be difficult because it would require a federal law to be amended. The National Trails System Act of 1968 designated the 2,175-mile trail’s endpoints as Springer Mountain in Georgia and Maine’s Mount Katahdin.

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