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.
Individual State Descriptions of the Appalachian Trail