The two types of grouse inhabiting the Appalachian Trail are the ruffed grouse and the spruced grouse. The ruffed grouse is found in all the states the trail passes, whereas the spruced grouse is only found in Maine. The size of chickens and excellently camouflaged, ruffed grouse are usually a mottled red-brown or gray-brown and have a brown, banded tail.
Male spruce grouse have black breasts, white barring on their sides and a bit of red skin above their eyes. They have a chestnut, banded tail.
Published Jan 13, 2017. The generosity of retailer L.L. Bean will benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Teens to Trails, and Maine Huts and Trails in 2017, among others.