I love finding new places to hike. As the Geico voiceover man would say, “If you’re Jeff Ryan, it’s what you do.” One thing I found missing when I looked around on the web was that there wan’t a “go to” place for learning about the trail on a state-by-state basis. So, here it is.
Each state certainly has its own flavor, affected by topography, climate and the way the trail designers decided to escort you through. I’ve purposefully kept these overviews brief.
You might find it helpful to read my blog posts about trip planning (which includes info on how to get shuttles to and from different trail access points and other tips) and about getting in shape on and off the trail.
If you are interested in hiking the trail, you may find my book Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on the America’s trail a useful resource. I section-hiked the AT over nearly three decades with a good friend and we learned a lot!
If you are interested in the history of the Appalachian Trail – how the trail came into existence in the first place and the powerful personalities that got it built, you may find my latest book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail a fascinating read.
Individual State Descriptions of the Appalachian Trail