The nation's first coast-to-coast non-motorized recreation trail
What is the American Discovery Trail?
The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is a project administered by the American Discovery Trail society to develop our nation's first coast-to-coast, multi-use hiking trail. It connects people to large cities, small towns and urban areas and to mountains, forests, deserts and natural areas by incorporating local regional and national trails together. Although the trail has been mapped across America, it is still being developed and is in the process of being authorized as part of the National Trails System.ADT National Trail Map
(map on marker)Where is the ADT?
The ADT begins (or ends) with your feet in the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. From there it traverses California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado, where in Denver it splits into two routes. The Northern Midwest route travels through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. The Southern Midwest route explores Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. After rejoining just west of Cincinnati, the route continues through Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC and Delaware, where the ADT ends (or begins) with your feet in the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park.Is the ADT just for hikers?
The ADT has been developed principally as a hiking trail. However, every attempt has been made to include multi-use trails in the route. As a result, most of the ADT can be ridden on either a fat-tired bicycle or on horseback. There are some places where one or both are not allowed and trips should be planned to locate alternate routes for bikes and horses.Where is the ADT in West Virginia?
Approximately 262 miles of the ADT stretch across West Virginia, with sixty-five miles running through Grant, Mineral and Hampshire Counties in the Potomac Headwaters Region. Another fifty plus miles follow the C&O Canal Towpath in Maryland. After connecting with the Appalachian Trail at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, the ADT leaves the West Virginia sphere of influence until it reaches Green spring in Hampshire County via the C&O Canal TowpathADT in West Virginia
(map and chart)Historic Fort Ashby
In 1775(sic) Colonel George Washington directed that a chain of sixty-nine forts be built in order that the defenseless western Virginia settlers could seek safety from the enemy during the French and Indian War. Names, locations and types of these early fortified structures are known, but of all those built, only part of one remains standing - the Barracks of Fort Ashby. Today it serves as a museum and many articles have been given for display. The fort is now owned and maintained by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Fort Ashby Chapter. Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) is a regional, grassroots effort to integrate central Appalachian forest history, culture, natural history, products and forestry management into a heritage tourism initiative to promote rural community development. The goal is to create a sustainable Heritage Tourism area based on forest heritage. Existing and potential forest-based historic sites, artisans, manufacturers and working forests are being developed into a network of attractions providing high quality products, programs, educational experiences, events and visitor services.