Appalachian Trail Info www location
Eddy Rogers (erogers@PPPL.GOV)
Sun, 11 Jun 1995 17:00:53 -0500
This info was located at http://www.fred.net/kathy/at.html
The Appalachian Trail - State by State
Here are some brief descriptions of the Trail as it passes through the fourteen
states that are home to portions of it. In addition, there are links to various
sources of information about areas either directly along the way or in the
vicinity of the A.T.
The mileages are fairly accurate, but don't take them as gospel. Reroutings
Trail cause the trail mileage to change from year to year. You can keep up
actual changes by getting a copy of the Data Book, which is issued yearly.
Do not count on all information provided by various out-links as it is hard
to be kept up to date. Therefore, be aware that some things may be inaccurate,
especially things such as hours of operation, phone numbers and addresses.
If it is
important that you know, for example, the dates of operation of a
or campground, get in touch directly with the facility in question in advance.
Maine - 281 Miles
The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is Katahdin, 5,267 ft. high,
in Baxter State Park in
central Maine. The Trail continues southwest to Monson, eventually crossing
the Kennebec River,
at about the Maine halfway point. Many mountains later, and after passing
through the famed
Mahoosuc and Grafton notches, the Trail enters New Hampshire.
New Hampshire - 161 Miles
Continuing through the rugged Mahoosuc Range, the Trail enters New
Hampshire and then makes
its first ascent in the state up Mt. Success and continues to the White
Mountains. You can visit the
headquarters of the AMC hut system at Pinkham Notch, at the foot of Mount
Vermont - 146 Miles
The Trail enters Vermont after crossing the Connecticut River. After
joining up with the Long Trail
at Sherburne Pass, the two trails are contiguous for 95 miles through the
Massachusetts - 90 Miles
After entering Massachusetts near Williamstown, the Trail winds through the
going on to cross the Hoosic and Housatonic Rivers. One peak it climbs is
(3491'), the highest point in the state.
Connecticut - 52 Miles
Crossing Bear Mountain, the Trail continues through the Taconic Range and
then follows the scenic
Housatonic River valley passing through several State Parks along the way.
New York - 88 Miles
The wildness of the A.T. is surprisingly close to New York City. You can
take a bus from the city
and be on the Trail within an hour. The Trail crosses the Hudson River and
enters the Palisades
Interstate Park and continues into the Kittatinny Mountains.
New Jersey - 74 Miles
The Trail in New Jersey goes through the Wawayanda Mountains and crosses
the Wallkill River on
its way to the Delaware Water Gap. It manages to take in the highest point
in the state on route.
Pennsylvania - 232 Miles
The Trail enters the state at the Delaware Water Gap, following the eastern
rim of the Alleghanies
before crossing the Cumberland Valley on its way to Maryland. The Trail in
Pennsylvania has the
reputation for being just a wee bit rocky.
Maryland - 41 Miles
The Trail follows the crest of South Mountain until it comes down and
briefly joins the C & O Canal
for a couple of miles before crossing the Potomac River, and entering
West Virginia - 2 Miles
The Trail passes within a few 100 yards of the ATC headquarters before
crossing the Shenandoah
River, and continuing into Virginia. Thru-hikers think of Harpers Ferry as
being the psychological
half-way point of the Trail - even though the actual half way point is in
Virginia - 544 Miles
About a quarter of the Trail lies within Virginia, including about 100
miles through the popular
Shenandoah National Park. Further south, the Trail generally parallels the
Blue Ridge Parkway,
eventually going through the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and then
coming into the town
of Damascus, where Trail Days are celebrated every May. In 1995, You can
find out more info by
calling the Damascus Town Hall, (703) 475-3831.
Tennessee-North Carolina - 371 Miles
After leaving Virginia, the Trail goes for about 70 miles through Tennessee
before beginning to
follow the TN-NC border. In this area, the Trail crosses through the Great
National Park, where it reaches its highest point, Clingmans Dome, before
continuing through the
Georgia - 75 Miles
The Trail goes through the rugged Chattahoochee National Forest before
reaching its southern
terminus at Springer Mountain. Many hikers are surprised to find that one
needs to first hike eight
miles in order to reach the beginning of the Trail's southern end.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City