Appalachian National Scenic Trail Corridor
Appalachian Trail Information
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, mostly known as the Appalachian Trail or by hikers and locals simply The A.T., is a famous marked hiking trail in the eastern United States, extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mt Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,178 miles long. The path is maintained by thirty trail different hiking clubs and multiple partnerships. The majority of the trail is in wilderness area, although some portions do traverse thru towns and roads, and over rivers.
The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many thousands of hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, try to hike it in its entirety in a single season. The hiker Earl Shaffer was the first to do so. Many books, hiking memoirs, web sites and AT fan organizations are dedicated to this pursuit.
Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, and West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. An extension, the International Appalachian Trail, continues north into the country of Canada and to the end of the trail range, where it enters the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail in the west form the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States.
The Appalachian Trail is currently protected along more than 99% of its course by federal park or state park ownership of the land or by right-of-way. The Appalachian Trail is maintained by a variety of citizen hiking organizations, environmental groups, governmental agencies and individual fans. Annually, more than 4,000+ volunteers contribute over 175,000 hours of work effort on the Appalachian Trail, an year round effort coordinated largely by the large Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) organization.
In the course of its north-south journey, the trail follows the ridge-line of the famous Appalachian Mountains, crossing many of its highest peaks and ridges, and running, with only a few exceptions, almost continuously through wilderness area.
Other trail maps:
Pony Express Trail
Juan Bautista Trail
Mormon Trail Map and
Clark Trail Map
Oregon Trail Map and
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Santa Cruz Island Sea
Hetch Hetchy Pipe