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Appalachian Trail

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.



  • Directions: The Appalachian Trail comes from the east and crosses over I-81 just north of Roanoke in Botetourt County. The trail continues north and runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway into the Shenandoah Valley.


  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Additional Information: With a length of approximately 2,180 miles, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. Virginia has more miles of the trail (550 miles) than any other state. It is estimated roughly 2-3 million people visit the "A.T." every year.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult

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