The Best Long Distance Hiking Trails In The US

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2. Appalachian Trail, Georgia to Maine

The Appalachian Trail, along with the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, is part of the ‘Triple Crown‘ of long-distance hiking. Starting from Georgia‘s Springer Mountain, the AT travels 2,175 miles through 14 states, eight national forests, and six national parks, finally ending at Mount Katahdin’s summit in Maine. Because the trail traverses through many small towns, it’s one of the easiest to access; even if it’s for a short day hike, visitors can experience the beauty of this scenic hiking trail in just a few hours – just follow the white markers, called ‘blazes.’ If you’re planning to thru-hike, be sure to plan ahead before making the trek.

Pro tip: Start in the south – the most difficult part of the hike is the northern stretch from the Hundred-Mile Wilderness to Mount Katahdin.

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