International AT

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Established by John and Charlotte Shores in 1998. We provide a large range of accommodations, extensive shuttle service, hot showers, and secure (monitored) parking 68' from the Appalachian trail, in Erwin, Tennessee.

  International AT

The International Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail which runs from the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Mount Katahdin, Maine to the northernmost tip of the Appalachian Mountains at Belle Isle, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The IAT was proposed in 1994 to traverse the portions of the Appalachian Mountains in Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec that the Appalachian Trail did not cover. Following route selection, construction of the trail took place through the late 1990s. The Newfoundland extension to the IAT was proposed in 2003 and is still under construction. When complete, the Newfoundland extension will double the existing Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec portion of the IAT with an additional 1,200 km of trail. The official opening of the first trail section of the IAT Newfoundland was September 23, 2006.

The IAT runs northeast from the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Katahdin, Maine to Mars Hill before following the US-Canada border north to Fort Fairfield, Maine, where it crosses the International boundary into Perth Andover, New Brunswick. Upon crossing the border into Canada, the IAT continues up the Tobique River valley to Mount Carleton before crossing the Miramichi Highlands to the Restigouche River valley and along the Chic-Choc Mountains of the Gaspé Peninsula, ending at the easternmost point in the peninsula - Cap Gaspé in Forillon National Park.

From Cap Gaspé, the IAT skips over the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the island of Newfoundland where the trail picks up again at Channel-Port aux Basques and follows the west coast of the island up the Great Northern Peninsula before terminating at the island's northernmost tip - Cape Bauld. From there the IAT skips over the Strait of Belle Isle to the actual northern terminus of the Appalachian chain at Belle Isle.

The International Appalachian Trail/Sentier International des Appalaches was proposed on Earth Day 1994 by Former Maine Governor Joe Brennan. The proposed trail was to begin at Mount Katahdin and continue north through the Appalachian Mountains into Canada. He proposed that the trail would connect Canada with the United States and Maine with the neighboring provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Since that original proposal the trail has been lengthened to include the Appalachian Mountains of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador. The IAT/SIA is now about 1700 miles long and ends at the Northern tip of the Island of Newfoundland in Saint Anthony.

Many thru-hikers have completed the trail, but the first thru-hiker to complete the hike from Katahdin to Saint Anthony was the legendary long-distance hiker Eb Eberhart "Nimblewill Nomad. Dick Anderson will trace the history of the development of the trail, discuss the geological underpinnings of the project and show the audience pictures of the spectacular landscape through which the trail passes.