Episode 1: Founding the Trail

In this first episode of The Green Tunnel we tell the story of the founding of the Appalachian Trail, from Benton MacKaye’s proposal for the trail in 1921, to the creation of the Appalachian Trail…Read more

Introducing the Green Tunnel Podcast

Welcome to The Green Tunnel, a podcast about the history of the Appalachian Trail. The podcast is currently in production and the first episodes will launch in October 2021. The first three episodes will be:…Read more


Mills Kelly

Mills Kelly, known on the AT by his trail name "Grandaddy Spartan" is a professor of history at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He has been hiking on the trail since 1971 and researching its history since 2016.

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