In addition, the AT is the most popular hiking trail in the world.

Is it dangerous to hike the trail?Statistically, the trail is a very safe place.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy - Hiking Basics

During a fall and winter of travel, writing and planning, I decided that I’d attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. A thru-hike would offer me several things I was looking for; a grand adventure, a physical challenge, travel in new places, a summer in the outdoors, and a chance to meet new people.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy - Thru-Hiking

There are many reasons to hike the Appalachian Trail, and many ways to do your hiking. Most folks are out to enjoy a section hike, a few hours or days of exploring a favorite stretch of trail. Some choose to hike the entire trail in one calendar year; this is called a “thru-hike.” A thru-hike normally takes from 4-7 months and winds along the 2,168 miles and 14 states the trail passes through.

Around noon the next day, we stood atop Springer Mountain, then turned and headed towards Maine. It was hard not to feel like a fraud when boyscouts would stand in awe after finding out we were walking all the way to Maine. I thought it was interesting that people seemed just as impressed when I was PLANNING to hike the whole way as when I had completed to trail.


Five myths about hiking the Appalachian Trail - USA TODAY

2014: A fellow in Boiling Springs, PA gave me a cantalope! Since I was on the trail such a short time and well after that main mass of northbound hikers, I saw no other trail magic. I did find it easy to get food in two towns along the trail. My menu was:

Hike the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

This act, originally intended to protect the land near the Appalachian Trail was rewritten to include any footpath designated as a National Scenic Trail.

Appalachian Trail - National Scenic Trail Hiking Maps





From its start 8 miles north of popular on Springer Mountain, the Appalachian Trail winds north past mountains with names like Blood, Trey and Big Cedar and through gaps named Addis, Neels and Woody.

The Appalachian Trail | National Park Foundation

In the areas where it is scarce, hikers have to pay more attention to water sources listed in the Data Book (available from the Appalachian Trail Conference).

Virginias Appalachian Trail - Virginia Is For Lovers

I did a 2nd section hike on the Appalachian Trail from August 20 to September 7, 2015.
I took 775477 steps to travel about 315 miles.

Appalachian Trail in North Carolina: our favorite hikes

f you've ever wanted to hike the A.T., why not start in Virginia?Virginia is home to 544 miles of the , more miles than any other state! And 101 of those miles lie in beautiful and parallel to .The A.T. also parallels the famous , goes through in , and ends in , known as , where the trail goes right down its main thoroughfare.Begin your hike at the border of Virginia/West Virginia in . Many backpackers consider this portion of the A.T. perfect for spring break!Key Points:The Trail is well-graded, well-maintained and gentle grades for less-experienced hikers. The park facilities close in early November through March, and snow shuts down Skyline Drive to motorists. Although cross-country skiers and snowshoers are welcome!Key Points: The Trail becomes more difficult the further south you travel, with many 2,000- to 3,000-foot climbs, crossing ridges and valleys. to Roanoke.Key Points:The A.T. travels more westerly through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests from to Pearisburg in . According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, this portion of the A.T. is the most remote and less traveled. Key Points:

including nearly 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 5 states.

The Trail is well-graded, well-maintained and gentle grades for less-experienced hikers. The park facilities close in early November through March, and snow shuts down Skyline Drive to motorists. Although cross-country skiers and snowshoers are welcome!