The Four State Challenge requires a hike of approximately 45 miles (72 km), most of which are in Maryland. In the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the trail runs completely above treeline from the summit of Mount Pierce to the north side of the cone of Mount Madison, a distance of about 12 miles (19 km). This section heads east-northeast from the town of Monson and ends outside Baxter State Park just south of Abol Bridge. More than half of the Appalachian Trail is along the top of Kittatinny Ridge at the northwestern corner of the state. In the southern half of the state, the AT passes through Caledonia State Park, Michaux State Forest, and Pine Grove Furnace State Park (the actual midpoint of the AT was slightly moved and is now over just under a half-mile west of PGF State Park and is marked by a "Midpoint" sign). The approach trail is often littered with items cast aside by overburdened hikers unprepared for the difficulties of the initial hike. Atop Roan High Knob, the A.T. again eclipses 6,000 feet (approximately 6,280 ft or 1,910 m), and passes the highest shelter along the entire trail. Out of an abundance of caution, Appalachian Trail shelters, campsites, and privies within the Massachusetts state parks system are closed for the 2020 hiking season. It follows the ridge of the southern Green Mountains, summiting such notable peaks as Stratton Mountain, Glastenbury Mountain and Killington Peak. Harpers Ferry is considered the "psychological midpoint" of the AT, although the actual midpoint is just west of Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania. Such a side-trip is on the order of 5 miles (8 km) long and entails about 1,300 vertical feet (400 m) of climbing.). [19], Counties crossed: Orange County → Rockland County → Westchester County → Putnam County → Dutchess County. Peg Leg Mine Trail (.35 miles) – EASY - WHITE This trail leads back to the ruins of an iron ore mine that was operational in the late 1800s., during a time when iron ore mining was a prominent industry in the area. Of the vast trail way, 90 miles is home to Massachusetts. You can hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail until you veer onto the red- and green- blazed Monument Trail to reach the mountain’s peak. From south to north, the trail summits many small mountains under 1,400 feet (430 m) in elevation, its highest point in New York being Prospect Rock at 1,433 feet (437 m), and less than half a mile (800 m) from the border with New Jersey. The trail is currently protected along more than 99% of its course by federal or state land ownership or right-of-way. It then passes through Fahnestock State Park and continues northeast and crosses the Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line at Pawling, which is also the only train station along the length of the trail. The section that runs just below the summit of Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the highest point on the trail at 6,625 feet (2,019 m). In 1989, Hurricane Hugo damaged over 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Our Tax ID number: 526046689. After the town of Salisbury, the trail ascends into the Taconic Range, crossing, in order: Lions Head, Riga Ridge, and Bear Mountain, after which the Massachusetts line is achieved at Sage's Ravine. The Horse-Shoe Trail is a 140-mile hiking and equestrian trail that runs from Valley Forge National Historical Park in southeastern Pennsylvania to the Appalachian Trail in the mountains north of Hershey. [10] Three weeks of rain uprooted thousands of trees in what Mike Dawson of the Appalachian Trail Conference called "the worst break in the continuous footpath since it was declared open from Maine to Georgia in August 1937. [21] The project took four years, cost roughly $1 million, and was executed by about 700 volunteers. The Appalachian Trail’s history, just like its geographical coverage, is long and full of remarkable changes. [6] The Appalachian Trail Conservancy considers to be excellent for beginning hikers a well-maintained 104 miles (167 km) section of the trail that the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed in Shenandoah National Park and whose climbs rarely exceed 1,000 feet (300 m).[6][8]. Georgia has 76.4 miles (123.0 km) of the trail,[2] including the southern terminus at Springer Mountain (elevation 3,780 ft or 1,150 m). Our CFC number: 12230. [27] The New Hampshire AT is nearly all within the White Mountain National Forest. Counties crossed: Washington County → Frederick County. The bushes are especially numerous along the trail's central sections, through the Shenandoah National Park, and its northern sections. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (or ATC) believes the 281.4 miles (452.9 km) of the trail in Maine are particularly difficult. —. The obvious approach to hiking the Appalachian Trail involves focusing on finding a portion of it you can handle and starting there. We have partnered with Mountaineers Books for the warehousing and distribution of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Publications. At Bear Mountain State Park, it goes through the park zoo, where the lowest point on the entire AT, at 124 feet (38 m) above sea level, is located in front of the bear cage. Platte River State Trail. A collection of resources for hikers to stay safe, healthy, and responsible on the Appalachian Trail. The blueberries ripen in late summer, offering hikers a plentifully available food source. There’s the sign for the official Appalachian Trail halfway point, which is very well made and an excellent photo opportunity. Difficulty: Although the trek is 554 miles, this is a moderate section of trail. The trail will cross the Appalachian Trail and continues for about 3/4 of a mile until it reaches the Appalachian Trail again. Holmstrom, David (June 6, 1997), "Path with a view is center of Maine ski resort dispute". Our CFC number: 12230. The first 64 miles (103 km) of the A.T. in Tennessee follow the crest of the Smokies, and are largely shared with North Carolina. There’s the famous “half-gallon challenge” at Pine Grove State Park. The Roller Coaster, Virginia. The Appalachian Trail is a non-governmental, independently managed recreation facility of the national park system and is the nation's longest marked hiking trail at 2,180 miles. The Appalachian Trail is accessible by an 8-mile drive from the park. So much to see, considering nearly 1/4th of the trail is in this state. Stroh, Bess Zarafonitis (September/October 1998), This page was last edited on 29 December 2020, at 14:27. In addition, hikes are noted for mountain peaks, scenic views, waterfalls, historic areas, and wheelchair accessibility. The Appalachian Trail twists and turns for 2,190 miles through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. [26], Counties crossed: Grafton County → Carroll County → Coos County. DISTANCE: 7.9-MILE LOOP. Counties crossed: Blount County → Sevier County → Cocke County → Greene County → Unicoi County → Carter County (where it leaves the North Carolina border) → Johnson County → Sullivan County. Trail towns that are commons stops with thru-hikers are Boiling Springs, Duncannon, Port Clinton, Palmerton, Wind Gap, and Delaware Water Gap. However, as a result of the added attention the popular novel and movie Wildthe brought to the PCT, as well as the growing popularity of thru-hiking, the gap between the two trails seems to be closing. The Rocky Run Shelters are located near Boonsboro. It then ascends Mount Moosilauke and enters the high peaks region of the White Mountains. A variation of this challenge, known as the Four State Challenge, involves hiking between the ridge line straddling Virginia and West Virginia all the way to or from Pennsylvania in 24 hours, thus hiking in four states in one day. NOBO: The rocky sections ramps up after Duncannon (mile 1147), and lets up… It’s not flat, but it’s not as steep as other sections of trail. [21] That portion of the trail is composed of 800 steps made of 1,000-pound (450 kg) slabs of granite followed by over a mile of walkway supported by stone crib walls with boulders called gargoyles lining the path. The trail then turns right and heads up the hill towards the lodge and the Len Foote Hike Inn. [6] With the climate, and the timing of northbound thru-hikers, this section is wet and challenging because of the spring thaw and heavy spring rainfall. In July 2005, a teenage hiker sleeping at Mashipacong Shelter was awakened by a bear biting his leg. Our site relies heavily on Javascript. Remember, the Appalachian Trail can be strenuous with steep slopes and difficult footing. The trail crosses Bly Gap one-tenth of a mile north of the Georgia state line. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the proposal for the hiking trail was first presented in 1921, but the Trail was not technically completed until 2014 when a final major stretch was formally acquired and received permanent protection. These areas in south central Pennsylvania are the northernmost portions of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are geologically distinct from the Ridge and Valley section further north. Best Time to Go & Difficulty. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail spans fourteen U.S. states during its roughly 2,200 miles (3,500 km)-long journey: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. McAfee Knob is affectionately known as "the most photographed spot on the A.T.". [1], Counties crossed: Fannin County → Union County → Lumpkin County → White County → Towns County → Habersham County → Rabun County. About 146 miles long. This is known as the Maryland Challenge. Hikers reach the state line at mile 466, three miles before Damascus, and most will be in Virginia for a month before reaching the West Virginia border at mile 1,007. Hikes to each of the overlooks can be completed individually as day hikes or in one trip as an approximately 35 mile backpacking trip. More moose are seen by hikers in this state than any other on the trail. The trail passes through the town of Hanover and near the town of Gorham, which have grocery stores and are accessible by public transportation (Dartmouth Coach and Concord Coach Lines) from Boston. [15], Counties crossed: Franklin County → Cumberland County → Perry County → Dauphin County → Lebanon County → Schuylkill County → Berks County → Lehigh County → Carbon County → Northampton County → Monroe County. The worst rocks are in the northern half of the state, north of the Susquehanna River. After parting ways with the Long Trail at Maine Junction, the AT turns in a more eastward direction, crossing the White River, passing through Norwich, and entering Hanover, New Hampshire, as it crosses the Connecticut River. The trail also goes through Pen Mar Park, which is just north of High Rock, which offers views and is a hang-gliding site. Altitude ranges from 1,725 to 5,498 feet (526 to 1,676 m). Learn about the unique legacy of Delaware Water Gap, a hub of history, recreation, and conservation. Difficulty levels range from easy to strenuous. Beginning in the late 1980s, the NPS and ATC challenged the Saddleback Mountain resort in Maine over development of private land that the AT traversed. "[10] Due to responsive and prepared local trail clubs, all but six miles of the trails were re-opened within a month. Difficulty: Unknown. Some refer to it as the most difficult mile of the AT, others the most fun. The three iconic peaks that make up the Triple Crown are McAfee Knob, Dragon's Tooth, and Tinker Cliffs. Really there was only one source, the 2009 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Companion by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Our Tax ID number: 526046689. The section of the trail that passes through Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks is the oldest section of the trail, completed in 1923. The Challenge is especially popular among thru-hikers due to the endurance built up by the time one reaches Maryland from either terminus. The AT passes over the summits of 16 of the 48 four-thousand footers of New Hampshire: Moosilauke, South and North Kinsman, Lincoln, Lafayette, Garfield, South Twin, Jackson, Pierce, Washington (the highest point of the AT north of Tennessee), Madison, Wildcats D and A, Carter Dome, South and Middle Carter. The Green Mountain Club maintains the entire portion of the AT in Vermont. We use cookies to personalize content, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. On my NOBO hike, I first hit a "wall" so to speak physically, but then as I continued to monitor my calorie intake better, I flourished as a hiker. Park management strongly discourages thru-hiking within the park before May 31 or after October 15. Pennsylvania has 229.6 miles (369.5 km) of the trail,[16] extending from the Pennsylvania-Maryland border at Pen Mar, a tiny town straddling the state line, to the Delaware Water Gap, at the Pennsylvania-New Jersey line. Northeast of the Schuylkill River, the trail runs along the top of the Blue Mountain ridge. There is no camping allowed in the 18-mile (29 km) stretch between Alec Kennedy and Darlington shelters. The trail crosses U.S. Route 441 at Newfound Gap and traverses a series of rocky cliffs known as "The Sawteeth" en route to the high ridges of the Eastern Smokies. [31] The AMC maintains the AT from the New Hampshire border to Grafton Notch, with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club responsible for maintaining the remaining miles to Katahdin. Spring and autumn will have much cooler temperatures. [32] Saddleback responded that further negotiations were unnecessary and the NPS began appraising if the area was feasible for development.[32]. [4] The trail further north includes peaks such as Standing Indian Mountain, Mount Albert, and Wayah Bald, followed by a Nantahala Gorge crossing by Wesser Falls and at Nantahala Outdoor Center, and, at the section's north end, is the Fontana Dam Shelter, affectionately known as the Fontana Hilton, known for its view of fjordlike Fontana Lake, comparatively spacious accommodations, water spigots, flush toilets, nearby free hot showers, and a three dollar shuttle into Fontana Dam, North Carolina. The plant life on Virginia's section of the trail includes thickly-growing wild blueberry bushes. The two parts are separated by the broad Cumberland Valley, where the trail has a change of scenery, crossing many farms and large highways. Anyway … This is why many folks break down the trail and only take on specific chunks. Roan Mountain Hike on the Appalachian Trail Details Difficulty: Easy Moderate Length: About 5 miles roundtrip Region: Roan Mountain Highlands Duration of hike: 3-4 hours Elevation gain: 300 feet to Round Bald, 200 feet to Jane Bald, 500 feed to Grassy Ridge Bald Type: Out & Back Blazes: White Facilities & Parking: Paved parking area at Carver's Gap; facilities include toilets, picnic tables The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a 501c3 organization. [25], The NPS challenged Killington and Pico ski resorts in Vermont over development of private land that crossed the AT. At Watauga Lake at the TVA Watauga Dam, the trail turns northeast, crossing Iron Mountain before turning briefly to the northwest at the Carter County-Johnson County line. The iconic bald mountains along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee are significant to the future of migratory and resident birds. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a 501c3 organization. From this shelter, you can hear artillery testing from a nearby military base. It then quickly descends to the valley of the Hoosic River within 2 miles (3 km) of North Adams and Williamstown, before ascending again to the Vermont state line. From there, it ascends into the Berkshires and passes through the towns of Dalton and Cheshire. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, New Hampshire has the more trail above tree-line than any other Appalachian State. The Susquehanna River is generally considered the dividing line between the northern and southern sections of the Pennsylvania AT. [17], Counties crossed: Warren County → Sussex County → Passaic County. Curtis, Wayne (June 1990). Headed northbound from Springer? Maryland has 40.9 miles (65.8 km) of the trail,[13] ranging in elevation from 230 to 1,880 feet (70 to 573 m). There are many scenic sections of the trail that you can do. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a 501c3 organization. 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