Appalachian Mountains[ăpˌə-lāˈchē-ənz, -chənz, -lăchˈē-ənz, -lăchˈənz]
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Apalachee Indians ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Amerindian (Choctaw)
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Appalachian Mountains - Cultural Definition
- Location of the Appalachian Trail, the world's longest continuous hiking path. It extends over two thousand miles from Maine to Georgia.
- Historically, the Appalachian Mountains were a barrier to early western expansion. In the early 1840s, railroads began to transport settlers across the mountains, permitting access to the frontier.