About the Film

The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy...

brings to the screen all four seasons of stunning natural beauty offered by the Appalachian landscape.  Interviews with a variety of types of hikers focus on the simplicity of trail life, human relationships, and the physical rewards of hiking, paralleling some aspects of the initial vision set forth by Benton MacKaye, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)'s founder/visionary.

The film also features the Appalachian Trail's unique history. Brian King, Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) publisher and author, candidly tells the story of the A.T. along with other anchors within the A.T. community like, Dave Startzell, Bob Proudman, and Laurie Potteiger.  The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy expounds the A.T.'s rich history and tradition using never before broadcast film footage and photography from a wide variety of sources including the ATC's own archives.

Follow the story of two key volunteers with opposing viewpoints, Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery, who helped build and shape the A.T., and then travel through the A.T.'s turbulent journey to its most recent transition in 2005. Rare footage of an interview with an aged Benton MacKaye illustrates his lasting impact on the Appalachian Trail and ATC/PATC archival films depicts Avery in the zenith of his tireless labors.  

From its unique volunteer tradition to its "body and soul" management philosophy, The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy reveals the uncommon characteristics of the A.T.'s legacy.  Through its challenges and successes, see how the A.T. has managed to endure narrow odds and why this trail is so deeply cherished.

Film produced by Still Waters Imagery and Media, Inc. For more information about the film, visit www.atlegacyfilm.com.