There are thousands of stories to be told by the many hikers who have set foot on the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail Museum (located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park) is a place where you can hear these stories!
"The Appalachian Trail Museum serves the Appalachian Trail community by telling the stories of the founding, construction, preservation, maintenance, protection, and enjoyment of the Trail since its creation. The Museum will collect, preserve, and interpret materials relevant to these subjects in an effort to portray not only the history of the Trail, but also the essence of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual human experience of the Appalachian environment and the culture of hiking." (quote from Museum's website).
The book list below was provided by Julie Queen, Manager of the AT Museum and KTA Board Member. In 2016, Julie completed a thru-hike of the AT, has served with many nonprofits including the Girl Scouts, has worked with the DCNR and PA Department of Agriculture; served in the Peace Corps, as a Potomac Appalachian Trail Club ridge runner, and as an A.T. community ambassador for Boiling Springs.
Each of these books can be purchased from the Appalachian Trail Museum's online store:
Keystone Trails Association