- The Appalachian Trail (AT) is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring 2,193.1 miles in length.
- The AT passes through 14 states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the trail’s northern terminus at Mt. Katahdin, Maine.
- The trail passes through 2 National Parks, 8 National Forests, and crosses 15 major rivers.
- The highest point on the trail is Clingman’s Dome, 6,643′, in the Great Smokey Mountains.
- More than 250 three-sided shelters exist along the trail.
- Virginia constitutes the most miles of the Trail (about 550), while West Virginia has the least (about 4).
- Maryland and West Virginia are the easiest states to hike; New Hampshire and Maine are the hardest.
- The total elevation gain when hiking the entire AT is 464,500 feet, the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 16 times.
- The AT is home to a diversity of plants and animals, including black bears, beaver, moose, porcupines, snakes, and salamanders.
Fun Facts taken from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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