Hike the Appalachian Trail

by Ben
Hiking, Beautiful Woodland Scenery, Forestry

The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail in the eastern United States, which extends between Springer Mountain and Mount Katahdin in Maine.



The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail in the eastern United States, which extends between Springer Mountain and Mount Katahdin in Maine.  At approximately 2,181 miles long, the majority of the trail in in wilderness, although there are parts that cross rivers, towns and roads.  The Appalachian trail is famous due to the amount of people who try to hike it, in its entirety, in one season, is is also well known because it touches 14 different states and is home to more than 2,000 rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species.

Hiking the Appalachian trail takes preparation, at its lowest elevation it is 124 feet and at is highest, 6,625, and it is estimated to take approximately 5 million footsteps to walk its entirety.  Hiking the trail, particularly all in one go is a huge achievement, one that you will remember for the rest of your life.  There are, however, things to take into consideration, you will need to ask yourself whether you want to complete the hike all in one trip, or complete separate sections over a longer period, you also will need to be physically fit, and have a good knowledge of the hazards you might encounter along the way.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy website has some great tips to help you plan your trip, click here to visit it.  If you want to join a group of people hiking the trail, the website also provide a full list of Appalachian Trail Hiking Groups.

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