Some of the best hiking, camping and back-country experiences around are available on the Appalachian Trail, located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
At a Glance
The Appalachian Trail, completed in 1937:
- Is a privately manages unit of the national park system.
- Is the nation's longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,181 miles.
- Is the first completed national scenic trail, designated in 1968.
- Crosses six other units of the national park system.
- Traverses eight national forests.
- Touches 14 states. Houses more than 2,000 occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered and sensitive plant and animal species at about 535 sites.
- Crosses numerous state and local forest parks.
- Is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships.
Fun facts about the Appalachian Trail:
- Lowest elevation: 124 feet - near the Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain, New York
- Highest elevation: 6,625 feet - on Clingmans Dome in Tennessee
- Approximately 165,000 white paint blazes mark the Trail's route.
- More than 10,000 people have reported hiking the length of the Trail.
- It takes approximately 5 million footsteps to walk the entire length of the Trail.
- More than 6,000 volunteers contribute about 200,000 hours to the Appalachian Trail every year.
For more information about specific trails on the A.T.:
Get for information on the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club`s website.