Fourteen Flavors of Amazing
Each state certainly has its own flavor, affected by topography, climate and the way the trail designers decided to escort you through.
You can use the pull-down menu above to explore the trail by state. Each page includes selected highlights and suggested section hikes for each state. (“Wait, where’s West Virginia?”, you might ask. No, I haven’t forgotten it. But because it’s a total of four miles, I included it on the Virginia page.
Speaking of section hikes, 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.
What it’s Like
If you are interested in hiking the trail, you may find my book Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail a useful resource. I section-hiked the AT over nearly three decades with a good friend and we learned a lot!
How it Came to Be
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.