The Appalachian Trail, officially The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern part of United States. It is located between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.
The length of the trail may sound unbelievable; the trail is over 3,200km (2,000 miles) long. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is the ultimate dream of many hikers.
The path in Appalachian Trail is maintained by trail clubs, which keep the path in a great condition all year. The majority of the trail is wilderness and has some great wildlife and plant life.
The length of the trail has naturally been a big and interesting challenge for many people to go through it in one trip. A man called Earl Shaffer did it first in year 1948. Since that many people have walked Appalachian Trail in one trip. The trail is much more frequently hiked south to north than vice versa.
Along the way the Appalachian Trail passes through 14 states which also tell something about the length of the trail. International Appalachian Trail is an extension of the trail. It continues north to Canada and to the end of the range, where it enters the North Atlantic Ocean.
Appalachian Trail includes great resources to facilitate all the trekkers and hikers in the trail. Hikers typically begin in March or April and finish in late summer. Almost all of the hikers will break down the length into halves or thirds, which makes it easier to hike. The best weather conditions occur typically between May and September.