The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the A.T., is a 2,181 mile (3500 km) marked hiking and camping trail in the eastern United States, extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.
Along the way, the trail also passes through the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
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Welcome to the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is perhaps the most famous hiking trail in the world. It runs from Maine in the north of the United States to Georgia in the south.
Some people try to walk the entire 2,174 mile trail over several months. Others simply enjoy day-trips to parts of the AT. Whether you're a determined long-distance hiker or a weekend walker, you'll find community, information and resources here on AppalachianTrail.com.
This site has information about the Appalachian Trail, detailing the types of people that use the trail, and which direction it is most travelled.
The Appalachian Trail is currently protected along more than 99 percent of its course by federal or state ownership of the land or by right-of-way. Annually, more than 4,000 volunteers contribute over 175,000 hours of effort.
In the course of its journey, the trail follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains, crossing many of its highest peaks, and running, with only a few exceptions, almost continuously through wilderness. Click here to read more about the Appalachian Trail.