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[at-l] History along the AT route

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In a message dated 10/21/02 9:43:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

> what IS the swag all about? I know they tried to put a road there one upon a
> time.

It's the location where the Blue Ridge Parkway was supposed to extend to.

>From the book:

"This gentle depression in the midst of steep rocky mountains (like the swag,
or hanging fold, in a velvet theatre curtain) was a rallying point for the
GATC and the coalition of conservation groups that worked for so many years
to save this high ridgeline trail from road builders.  When Earl Shaffer, the
first recorded Georgia-to-Maine thru-hiker, came through the swag in 1948,
cows, pigs, horses and sheep grazed in the woods.  He found many of the
shelters on this trail occupied by cows."