Appalachian Trail •2190 miles
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is one of the oldest National Scenic Trails in the United States. Its narrow corridor stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. The AT traverses 14 states on its way. The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world and is one of the Triple Crown trails. The AT is an amazing hiking adventure for long-distance hikers and section hikers. It is also perfect for day-hikers looking to enjoy the beautiful views. Check out our interactive AT map today!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best guide for the Appalachian Trail?
FarOut created the best and most popular smartphone guide for the Appalachian Trail.
The FarOut AT guide is the best because the trail data and map information is constantly updated. As an illustration you can view a free 9 mile section to Springer Mountain.
What is the length of the Appalachian Trail?
The AT is 2,190 miles long and travels from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
What is the highest elevation point on the Appalachian Trail?
The highest elevation on the AT is Clingmans Dome in Tennessee, elevation 6,643 feet (2,025 meters).
How many states does the Appalachian Trail pass through?
Because the AT is so long it passes through fourteen states. The states include Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
When is the best time to thru-hike the AT?
Most northbound thru-hikers leave Springer Mountain in Georgia in March, April or early May because of snow.
Most southbound thru-hikers leave Mount Katahdin in Maine around June because of lingering snow.
How long does it take to hike the entire AT?
Because of the length of the AT it usually takes about 5 to 6 months to hike the entire trail.
A hike that lasts longer than 6 months is not recommended because you will likely be hiking in snow.
Fast hikers can finish the AT in about 3 months and as result start later. The fastest known time or FTK for the AT is 41 days, which averages about 53 miles a day.
Do you need a permit to hike the Appalachian Trail?
Most areas of the AT does not require a hiking permit but in some areas you will need a permit. For example, hiking permits are required in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (North Carolina/Tennessee), Shenandoah National Park (Virginia), Baxter State Park (Maine).
How much does it cost to hike the AT?
The cost of hike depends on many personal factors, because of this FarOut created a cost calculator. So now you can estimate the cost of your hiking trip based on your personal hiking style. Click here to learn more.
The southernmost section of the Appalachian Trail, about 240 miles from Springer Mountain to the northern end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This includes all of the Georgia section, and the southern section of North Carolina. The highest point on the AT, Clingman’s Dome, is located in the Smoky Mountains in this section.
The North Carolina & Tennessee section of the Appalachian Trail, including Roan Highlands. This section is about 225 miles long, and ends just into the state of Virginia at the town of Damascus.
The southern half of the Virginia section of the Appalachian Trail, from the town of Damascus to the town of Daleville, just outside of Roanoke. This section includes McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs, the Dragon’s Tooth, and Peter’s Mountain. About 250 miles.
The northern half of the Virginia section of the Appalachian Trail from the town of Daleville to the town of Harper’s Ferry, WV. Includes Shenandoah National Park and the area near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Approximately 300 miles.
This section includes a small piece of West Virginia, plus all of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland and Pennsylvania, going from the town of Harper’s Ferry, WV, to the town of Delaware Water Gap, PA. The section is about 270 miles long.
This section of the Appalachian Trail starts at the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey at Delaware Water Gap, and covers the entire AT through New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, ending outside of the town of Great Barrington, MA, about 15 miles into Massachusetts. The section is about 240 miles long, and includes highlights like the Berkshires, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Harriman State Park.
This section covers the Appalachian Trail through most of Massachusetts (starting about 15 miles north of the Connecticut border at Great Barrington) and through all of Vermont, ending in the town of Hanover, NH. About 230 miles in total, with highlights like Mount Greylock, Stratton Mountain, and Killington.
This section covers the Appalachian Trail through New Hampshire, plus about 14 miles of Maine, from the town of Hanover, NH, to Grafton Notch in Maine. A total of about 160 miles. Highlights include all of the White Mountains National Forest, Mahoosuc Notch, and Smarts Mountain.