The Appalachian Trail is one of the most famous hiking trails in the world. It is officially known as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
It is a long trail and one for experienced hikers. You’ll see amazing wilderness that is not seen on any other trail and the wildlife you will encounter is astounding. Be prepared to be in awe!
The Appalachian Trail is a well maintained trail thanks to the countless hours of work each year by volunteers who monitor, patrol and maintain the path and surrounding areas. This makes the Appalachian Trail stand out from other National Park trails.
The Appalachian Trail covers 14 US states and various lengths in each state. These are outlined below.
- Maine – 281 Miles
- New Hampshire – 161 Miles
- Vermont – 146 Miles
- Massachusetts – 90 Miles
- Connecticut – 52 Miles
- New York – 88 Miles
- New Jersey – 74 Miles
- Pennsylvania – 232 Miles
- Maryland – 41 Miles
- West Virginia – 2 Miles
- Virginia – 544 Miles
- Tennessee-North Carolina – 371 Miles
- Georgia – 75 Miles
Many hikers say that the Maine leg of the journey is the most challenging. This is for you to decide and really depends upon your skill level. The stretch of boulders at Mahoosuc Notch which goes for 1.6 miles is however considered the hardest mile of the entire trail. And you will need a boat to cross the Kennebec River in Maine.
If you want isolation then you’ll love the 100 Mile Wilderness section of the trail. It ends outside Baxter State Park and begins at Monson. The Appalachian Trail passes over 60 parks and forests and hundreds of roads. You will be absolutely amazed at the enormity and beauty of The Appalachian Trail.
The Appalachian Trail is one not to miss in your lifetime. Even if you can only complete part of it, it will be unlike any other trail you have ever hiked!