Benton MacKaye designed the Adirondack Trail in the 1920s, conceiving it as a place for city workers to reconnect with nature. He planned to build villages along the route that thrived on pastoral activities. Interestingly, MacKaye didn’t base the trail on any historical routes but devised it as a way to connect the highest points in the Eastern United States. As a result, the trail is neither well-worn nor easy to navigate. MacKaye completed building the trail entirely on volunteer labor. Even today, it’s sustained entirely by volunteers.
Benton MacKaye Character Timeline in A Walk in the Woods
The timeline below shows where the character Benton MacKaye appears in A Walk in the Woods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...used to be covered in orchards but was abandoned to nature. This is where Benton MacKaye formulated his vision for the Appalachian Trail. This part of the route also coincides with... (full context)