Why Individuals Hike the Appalachian Trail: A Qualitative Approach to Benefits

@article{Goldenberg2008WhyIH,
  title={Why Individuals Hike the Appalachian Trail: A Qualitative Approach to Benefits},
  author={Marni Goldenberg and Eddie L. Hill and Barbara Freidt},
  journal={Journal of Experiential Education},
  year={2008},
  volume={30},
  pages={277 - 281}
}
he Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2,175 mile–long National Scenic Trail extending from Maine to Georgia. Since its inception in the early 1920s, individuals, families, schools, and other organizations, just to name a few, have used the AT. Approximately 3 to 4 million visi­tors hike a portion of the AT each year (ATC, 2006). Throughout its 80­year history and millions of hikers, much of the empirical research on the AT has focused on place attachment (Kyle, Graefe, & Manning, 2004; Kyle, Graefe… 
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