Appalachian Trail: Footpath for the People
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,190 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
In 2017, Blairstown was a designated an official Appalachian Trail Community.
The Trail Is Waiting
The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The AT, as it is commonly known, runs from Georgia some 2,190* miles long, through 14 states clear up to Maine. Four sections – the Southern Mountains, the Virginia Highlands, the Mid-Atlantic Lowlands, and New England – each reveal a different aspect of this American experience.
The trail enters New Jersey from the south on a pedestrian walkway along the Interstate 80 bridge over the Delaware River, ascends from the Delaware Water Gap to the top of Kittatinny Mountain in Worthington State Forest, passes Sunfish Pond (right), continues north through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Stokes State Forest and eventually reaches High Point State Park, the highest peak in New Jersey (a side trail is required to reach the actual peak).
Nearly one-third of New Jersey’s 72.2 miles borders Blairstown and the Greater Blairstown area. The surrounding countryside is mostly undeveloped, and the few towns visible in the valleys remain rural villages. Striking panoramas – comparable to those in the Blue Ridge, Berkshire, and White Mountains, even the fabled Great Smokies – are not uncommon along this rugged and remote section of trail. In New Jersey the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference maintains and updates the Appalachian Trail.
You can begin or end your hike at hundreds of places along the trail. Explore New Jersey’s Appalachian Trail.
* Figure courtesy of Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Path that Changes Lives
For more than half of the U.S. population, the Appalachian Trail is less than a day’s drive away. Yet despite its proximity to many major cities, few truly know the splendor of this national treasure. National Geographic travels off the beaten track to discover the remote and often unknown corners of the 5-million-step journey.
The Blairstown Enhancement Committee (BEC) is a group of volunteers committed to making the Blairstown area an even better place to live, visit and do business.
In collaboration with its residents, business owners, township, schools and other stakeholders, the committee's goal is to create a thriving economy, while preserving the character and charm of the area.
© 2017 Blairstown Enhancement Committee