Grandma Gatewood's Walk

December 19, 2014

Photo: Stratness Wikimedia Commons

Emma Gatewood had 11 children and 23 grandchildren when she became the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail, at age 67.  She became a folk hero and helped save the Trail.  Ben Montgomery brings us her story.



Greetings: I enjoyed this feature. Grandma Gatewood was a true legend of the Appalachian Trail, and she is a member of our Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. However, despite popular opinion to the contrary, GG was NOT the first woman to thru-hike the A.T. The first woman thru-hiker was Peace Pilgrim, who hiked it in 1952, three years before GG. GG was the first woman to thru-hike by herself. FYI, Peace Pilgrim's story is an equally compelling one. Here is a link to an NPR story on PP, which ran several years ago:

Best Wishes,

Jim Foster
Chair A.T. Hall of Fame Selection Committee