Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

A State-By-State Overview of the Appalachian Trail

Fourteen Flavors of Amazing

One thing I found missing when I looked around on the web was that there wasn’t a “go to” place for learning about the Appalachian 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.

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.

Trail Descriptions by State

What it's like to hike the Appalachian Trail

If you're 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! Over 80 color photos and trail profile maps capture the character of the beloved path. Over 5,000 copies sold!

How the Appalachian Trail 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 book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail a fascinating read.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions about trip planning, please contact me at  jeff@jeffryanauthor.com. I look forward to hearing from you.