Hiking Through History


Hiking Through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail

It’s is a guide to explore the Underground Railroad and Civil War sites along the Appalachian Trail.

Angel's Rest overlooking Pearisburg
It may have been from this perspective on Angel’s Rest, overlooking Pearisburg, Virginia, that Confederates assessed the Union occupation of the town and their chances of reclaiming it.

The guide examines the significance of the present-day Appalachian Trail to freedom seekers along mountainous Underground Railroad routes and some stops that now coincide as rest stops for weary A.T. hikers.

It also includes the story of John Brown’s effort to end slavery in his 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry.

Spanning Pennsylvania to North Carolina, the guide details specific battles and skirmishes of the Civil War that intersect the Trail, paths of attack and lines of retreat that crisscross the Trail, and hikes that give you a bird’s eye perspective of the armies’ lines of movement.

Explore Mosby's Territory
Explore Ranger Mosby’s Territory on this hike from Ashby Gap to Signal Knob.

This guide offers a way to connect with the stories, history, and ghosts of this Great War. Pass trees that stood witness to the movements of troops, to clashes, and deaths. Step over the creeks and streams that nourished the fatigued traveler. Take a quest for the history of the 19th Century in these ancient mountains of the Appalachian Trail.

Hiking Through History includes 25 day hikes to explore the vignettes of our National history found along this simple footpath.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will publish the book in 2012. Sign up to receive more information about its release.

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