This National Trail winds through 14 eastern states and is 2,175 miles long. It was first conceived in 1921 and finished in 1937. The trail goes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
It passes through many wooded areas, calm fields and the awesome grounds of the Appalachian Mountains. It extends into Canada as the the International Appalachian Trail and continues north to the North Atlantic Ocean.About 4 million visitors find enjoyment in The Appalachian Trail every year. No matter what age or endurance level, people appreciate the trail from leisurely walks to long-distance hiking and backpacking. The trail provides a variety of possibilities for observing wonderful landscapes, great exercise, nature investigation and rejuvenating your spirit.
There are about 260 pathway covered areas along the trail. These protected areas and campsites are located within a days hike to provide overnight stays.
There are over 5500 volunteers furnishing many hours each year for the preservation, caretaking and adding to the advancement of the Appalachian Trail.
Since the Appalachian Trail travels through so many states, the National weather service should be consulted when planning a visit to the many areas of the trail.