American Discovery Trail


ADT Data Books. The Eastern data book covers the trail from the eastern terminus at Cape Henlopen in Delaware to Cincinnati. The Central Region has two data books covering the northern and southern branches of the trail from Cincinnati to Denver. The Western Region covers the trail from Denver to the western terminus at Point Reyes, California

Lukei, Reese. The American Discovery Trail: Explorer’s Guide. Boulder, Colo.: Johnson Books, 1995

Trails Illustrated Maps of the American Discovery Trail. (1) California, (2) Ohio & Western West Virginia.


Cottrell, Joyce, and Peter Cottrell. Two Hikers–Both 50-Years Plus–Complete Historic First Coast-to-Coast Trek on ADT.
‘Joyce and Peter Cottrell departed from the Atlantic coast at Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park on March 5, 2002 and reached the Pacific on August 18, 2003 — the first hikers to backpack the entire official route of the…ADT.

Daniel, Michael. LION KING’s 2007 American Discovery Trail Journal.

Dudley, Ellen, and Eric Seaborg. American Discoveries: Scouting the First Coast-to-Coast Recreational Trail. Seattle: Mountaineers, 1996.

Foot, Bill, and Laurie Foot. The ADT Journal.

Grapa, Robin, and Patty Laatsch. Our Hike Across America for Bone Marrow Disease.

Powers, Ken, and Marcia Powers. Ken & Marcia’s 2005 American Discovery Trail Journal.
‘On October 15, 2005, Ken and Marcia Powers became the first hikers to complete a continuous backpack of the country’s first Atlantic-to-Pacific trail…[They] started their journey from the Atlantic coast in Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park on February 27… .Others have made this 4,900-mile trek, but [they] are the first to follow the actual American Discovery Trail route continuously and finish in the same year.

Propster, Randy, and Sheri Propster. Honeymooners’ 2006 American Discovery Trail Journal.

Stark, Brian R. Getting to the Point: In a Dozen Pairs of Shoes. Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2006.

Toolan, Dave, and Stuart Hamilton. Walking the States, 2006/2007.


Isaacs, Lindsay. “Blazing America’s First Coast-to-Coast Trail.” American City & County. Vol. 115, No. 11 (August 2000), pgs. 54-56, 58.

“Redisover America.” Backpacker. Vol. 28, Issue 5 (June 2000), pgs. 67-75.

Seaborg, Eric. “The Longest Trail.” Backpacker. Vol. 20, Issue 3 (May 1992), pg. 26+ (12 pages).

“Shore to Shore.” Backpacker. Vol. 20, Issue 3 (May 1992), pg. 40+ (7 pages).

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