Introduction to the trail —
From Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, the Appalachian Trail follows the Appalachian mountain range through 14 states, including all but three of the original 13 colonies. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long with so many ascents and descents that a thru-hiker (someone hiking the full length of the trail in one season) will by the end of the trail a total elevation gain roughly 16 climbs of 29,035-foot Mount Everest. More than 2 million people take a hike on part of the trail at least once each year.
There are different ways to experience the Appalachian Trail. In 2015, I decided to do a south to north “thru-hike,” and the lessons I learned during my time on trail were life changing. I kept detailed notes of my journey as I hiked, all of which you can explore by clicking on the section details photo-links below. If you have questions that you don’t see laid out here, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Total Miles: 2189.2
Hiking Days: 168
Average MPD: 15.3
Longest Day: 27.4
Click the photo-links below to learn more about any given section! The downloadable PDFs show the most detail, but I’ve also included section hiking stats, pictures, highlights, and more!