December 11, 1975 Benton MacKaye, a forester and regional planner who earned the nickname “Father of the Appalachian Trail” for his role in creating that marked public footpath in the eastern United States, died in the town of Shirley, Massachusetts.  MacKaye, who was born in Connecticut in 1879, first developed the idea of the Appalachian... Continue Reading →

September 25, 1955 Emma Rowena Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail on her own. The 67-year-old Gatewood was also the oldest person up to that time to complete the trek. Gatewood reached the summit of Maine’s Mount Katahdin, which is the northern terminus of the trail, 146 days after starting her... Continue Reading →

August 1, 1953 The oldest official hiking track in Europe made its debut in Slovenia, which was a part of Yugoslavia at the time and would become an independent country in 1991. The Slovenian Mountain Hiking Trail -- originally called Slovenian Mountain Transversal No. 1 -- made its debut with a total of 80 “control points”... Continue Reading →

On the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, a new section of a cycling and walking trail was opened between the towns of Prebbleton and Lincoln. This section, an off-road asphalt pathway measuring approximately four miles (7.7 kilometers) in length, is a part of the Little River Rail Trail. The dedication ceremony for the... Continue Reading →

Alojz Knafelc, who created a now-iconic marker for hiking trails, died at the age of 77 in the city of Ljubljana in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (in a region that is now part of the Republic of Slovenia). Knafelc had been born in 1859 in the village of Šmihel in a section of modern-day Slovenia... Continue Reading →

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