Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,174-mile hiking trail in the eastern United States, extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail passes through the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

The trail was originally conceived by Benton MacKaye, a forester who created his plan in 1921. Throughout the length of the trail there are shelters and camp sites available for hikers, and these shelters, sometimes called lean-tos or huts, are generally open, three-walled structures with a wooden floor. Shelters are spaced less than a day’s hike apart (most often near a water source), and they generally have spaces for tent sites.

The American black bear is probably the most dangerous animal that someone would encounter on the trail, and it lives in all of the states. Other dangerous animals include venomous snakes, including the eastern timber rattlesnake and copperhead, and wild boars.

Trail hikers who are attempting to complete the entire trail in a single season are termed thru-hikers; those who traverse the trail during a series of separate trips are known as “section-hikers.” This summer my little brother plans on hiking the entire trail. Beginning in late April, he will attempt to hike from Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. When he gets to Virginia I plan on joining him on the trail and hiking 200 miles with him until he gets to Rockfish Gap in Waynesboro. I have never been on an overnight hike like this before, but I want to go because it might be my last opportunity to make a trip like this. Are the Davis brothers crazy? Maybe. But at least we have a keen sense of adventure.

  1. Chris

    Happy Hiking,

    I’m sure you will enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    If you are around Waynesboro drop in and see us at 301 West Main Street.

    Maybe one of our events will meet your schedule and you two can enjoy some of the fine food and cultural flavor of Waynesboro.

    Have A Nice Day.


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