Appalachian Trail (AT)

United States United States

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The Appalachian Trail runs for a length of 3500 kilometers through Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia in the United States.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as easy, hard and demanding and it usually takes 175 days to walk the Appalachian Trail.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way a problem depending on the season.
Reliable water points are not always available, as these may have dried out.
You should definitely plan ahead and get informed here!

On the trail you are completely self-sufficient..
There are no grocery stores along the way, so you have to take all the food you need with you for the entire trail.

You can stay overnight in unmanaged huts, in a tent/tarp and in guesthouses/hotels along the way.

Wild camping is allowed As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Appalachian Trail

3.500 km
Elevation gain
140.000 m
Elevation loss
139.500 m
Highest Point
Clingmans Dome / 2.025 m
Lowest Point
Bear Mountain State Park / 38 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
3.500 km
140.000 m
139.500 m
Clingmans Dome
2.025 m
Bear Mountain State Park
38 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Appalachian Trail
  • in unmanaged huts
  • in a tent/tarp
  • in guesthouses/hotels along the way
Solitude on the Appalachian Trail
Hardly any other people and you sleep in huts/tents with no contact to villages

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Arrival to the Appalachian Trail

You will arrive via Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Zug / Uber / Bus / Taxi. Duration approx. 4 hours.

Departure from the Appalachian Trail

Departure is via Bangor International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Zug / Uber / Bus / Taxi. Takes about 3 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Appalachian Trail

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