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MS Camping Trip
Middle School Camping TripLeave: Friday, April 10 at 3:10pm (no rain date: we’ll camp in the rain) Pick-Up: Saturday, April 11, Noon sharp at school Where: Appalachian Trail, Salisbury, CT With: Tom Fahsbender & Erik Hawvermale
Download the Details & Packing List Tom and Erik are taking middle school kids to the Appalachian Trail in Salisbury for an overnight backpacking trip. It is one of the most scenic stretches of the AT in Connecticut.
The “A.T.,” as it's called by hikers, is much more than just a path through the woods. It is a national scenic trail, part of the same national park system that includes Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Its official name is the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. But, unlike those famous parks, it's not a concentrated preserve, with campgrounds and paths within its boundaries. As the longest, skinniest part of America's national park system, the A.T. stretches over 14 different states and passes through more than 60 federal, state, and local parks and forests. Hundreds of roads cross it. In some parts, the Trail “corridor” is only a few hundred feet wide.
The Appalachian Trail route through the northwestern corner of Connecticut meanders across the worn-down remnants of a once-lofty mountain range.The Housatonic River Valley to the east and the Taconic Range to the west are particularly scenic, and one section of the Trail near Falls Village has been designed for wheelchair accessibility. Many sections run along the banks of rivers. Hiking is mostly moderate, with steep, fairly challenging sections that are short in duration. Views are often pastoral.