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The Appalachian Trail - State by State

Springer <=====> Katahdin

Note: ME,NH,VT and GA links checked March 2002. Will do rest later. Links being checked - early October, 1999. Many have been fixed, others that were not working eliminated. Will watch a few whose servers cannot be connected to. Those problems may well be temporary.

Links last checked: May 27, 1998. Many eliminated as the files were not found. Many others had had changes of URL.

Previous full checks: November 11-12, 1997, July 21, 1997.

Here are some brief descriptions of the Trail as it passes through the fourteen states that are home to portions of it. In addition, there are links to various sources of information about areas either directly along the way or in the general vicinity of the A.T.

The mileages are fairly accurate, but don't take them as gospel. Reroutings of the Trail cause the trail mileage to change from year to year. You can keep up with the actual changes by getting a copy of the Data Book, which is issued yearly.

Do not count on all information provided by various out-links as it is hard for files to be kept up to date. Therefore, be aware that some things may be inaccurate, especially things such as hours of operation, phone numbers and addresses. If it is important that you know, for example, the dates of operation of a particular store or campground, get in touch directly with the facility in question in advance.

| Maine | New Hampshire | Vermont | Massachusetts |
| Connecticut | New York | New Jersey | Pennsylvania | Maryland |
| West Virginia | Virginia | North Carolina and Tennessee | Georgia |

Maine - 281 Miles

The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is Katahdin, 5,267 ft. high, in Baxter State Park in central Maine. The Trail continues southwest to Monson, eventually crossing the Kennebec River, at about the Maine halfway point. Many mountains later, and after passing through the famed Mahoosuc and Grafton notches, the Trail enters New Hampshire.

| Maine Natural Areas Program | Rick Holt's 1973 Trip Report| Maine Nature News | Maine State Parks | Town of Rangeley | Maine AT Club | Andover Guest House |

Katahdin: | Katahdin Winter Ascent Hike Report | Andy Rogers's Katahdin Account | Thoreau's Ktaadn Account |

New Hampshire - 161 Miles

Continuing through the rugged Mahoosuc Range, the Trail enters New Hampshire and then makes its first ascent in the state up Mt. Success and continues to the White Mountains. You can visit the headquarters of the AMC hut system at Pinkham Notch, at the foot of Mount Washington.

| White Mountains Info Server | Tuckerman Ravine - Current Picture | Town of Hanover | Dartmouth College | Mount Washington Observatory | N.H. Public Transport Info | Cranmore Mt. Lodge | Parking Fees in the Whites | Jet Search Near Lebanon | A Hiker's Guide to the White Mountains | Hiker's Paradise |

Vermont - 146 Miles

The Trail enters Vermont after crossing the Connecticut River. After joining up with the Long Trail at Sherburne Pass, the two trails are contiguous for 95 miles through the Green Mountains.

| Montshire Museum | Green Mountain National Forest | Self Guided Hiking Tours in Vermont | The Environmental Program at the U. of Vermont | The Long Trail - Maps | Bennington Area Server | Bennington College | Public Transport Info | Gifford Woods State Park | Inn at Long Trail |

Massachusetts - 90 Miles

After entering Massachusetts near Williamstown, the Trail winds through the Berkshires before going on to cross the Hoosic and Housatonic Rivers. One peak it climbs is Mount Greylock (3491'), the highest point in the state.

| Williams College | Berkshire Web | Sierra Club (Massachusetts Chapter) Mt. Greylock Page (Chapter's Main Page) | Bascom Lodge | AT in the Berkshires | Steve Goodrich's AT Photos |

Connecticut - 52 Miles

Crossing Bear Mountain, the Trail continues through the Taconic Range and then follows the scenic Housatonic River valley passing through several State Parks along the way.

| Mount Frissell | Connecticut State Parks and Forests | Salisbury Association | Riga Plateau Trailhead | Trails.com Page on the CT section |

New York - 88 Miles

The wildness of the A.T. is surprisingly close to New York City. You can take a bus from the city and be on the Trail within an hour. The trail crosses the Hudson River, entering Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park, where the first section of the A.T. was completed in 1923. Heading south, the trail then passes through the newly protected Sterling Forest.

| Troop 1, Pelham | Manitoga | Hudson Valley Net - (A.T. is in: Dutchess, Orange and Putnam Counties) | Finger Lakes Trail | Graymoor Monastery | Town of Tuxedo | Hudson Valley and Orange County Links |

New Jersey - 74 Miles

The Trail in New Jersey goes through the Wawayanda State Park, later passing through High Point State Park. It then follows the Kittatinny Ridge and passes Sunfish Pond on its way to the Delaware Water Gap.

Mohican Outdoor Center - New Website (6/00) | Mohican Outdoor Center | Delaware Water Gap NRA | Outdoor Action - Princeton | The A.T. in New Jersey | Morris County Trails | Chris Casciano's NJ Pics | Michael Connick's NJ Trip Report and Pics |

Pennsylvania - 232 Miles

The Trail enters the state at the Delaware Water Gap, following the eastern rim of the Alleghanies before crossing the Cumberland Valley on its way to Maryland. The Trail in Pennsylvania has the reputation for being just a wee bit rocky.

| Doyle Hotel | Caledonia State Park | AT in PA | The Mason Dixon Trail | Ironmaster's Mansion Hostel | Bill Irwin's A.T. Page | Charles Davidson's PA Pictures | Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources | Keystone Trails Association | Pulpit Rock Astronomical Park | Mont Alto State Park | Pine Grove Furnace State Park | Gettysburg National Military Park | Bruce Ezell's Shelters and More Page | Parking Near the AT

Locales: | Schuylkill River Valley | Cumberland County | Franklin County | Central PA Visitors Network |

Schools: |East Stroudsburg University | Shippensburg University | Gettysburg College | Kutztown University | Mont Alto Campus of PSU |

Weather: Gettysburg National Military Park

Maryland - 41 Miles

The Trail follows the crest of South Mountain until it comes down and briefly joins the C&O Canal for a couple of miles before crossing the Potomac River, and entering Harpers Ferry.

Parks, Places and People Right on the A.T. : | South Mountain State Park | Greenbrier State Park | Gathland State Park | Washington Monument State Park | Sandy Hook Hostel | Article about Ridge Runner, Thurston Griggs | American Discovery Trail | Hemlock Hills Log Shelter Project | Cramptons Gap to Harpers Ferry |

Further Afield: | River and Trail Outfitters | Catoctin Mountain Park | Antietam National Battlefield | Hood College | North Hagerstown High School | | Civil War Sites Online |

Local Counties: | Washington County | Frederick County |

Weather: | Greg Keefer's Weather Page | Mid-Atlantic Weather Station | Smithsburg (about 2 miles from AT) |

West Virginia - 2 Miles

The Trail passes within a few 100 yards of the ATC headquarters before crossing the Shenandoah River, and continuing into Virginia. Thru-hikers think of Harpers Ferry as being the psychological half-way point of the Trail - even though the actual half way point is in Pennsylvania. (In southern Virginia, in the Peters Mountain area, the trail goes briefly along the West Virginia-Virginia border.)

| Shepherdstown | Harpers Ferry National Historical Park | Shepherd College | Virgin Forests in West Virginia |West Virginia Natural Heritage Program | Blue Ridge Outfitters | National Education and Training Center of the Fish and Wildlife Service | Harpers Ferry Hostel (Actually in Maryland) | Hilltop House |

Virginia - 544 Miles

About a quarter of the Trail lies within Virginia, including about 100 miles through the popular Shenandoah National Park. Further south, the Trail generally parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway, eventually going through the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and then coming into the town of Damascus, where Trail Days are celebrated every May.

| Sky Meadows State Park | G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area | Roanoke Times (Hiking) | Virginia Natural Heritage Program | James River Basin Canoe Livery | Grayson Highlands State Park | Roanoke Times Search Page (Try Searching on the Words: Appalachian Trail) | Blue Ridge Parkway Trails | NPS Blue Ridge Parkway | Pine Mountain/A.T. Loop | GW and Jefferson National Forests | Mount Rogers Recreation Facilities |

Lodging: | | Fox Hill Inn - Troutdale/Mt. Rogers | Apple Tree B'n'B | Ruby Rose Inn - Stanley | General Francis Marion Hotel - Marion

Areas and Towns: |Damascus, the Friendly Trail Town | Abingdon | Blacksburg Electronic Village | Blacksburg Regional Visitor Center | Nelson County | Roanoke Valley Web| | New River Valley | Town of Blacksburg | Walton's Mountain Museum in Schyler |

Shenandoah Park: | Hiking Old Rag in SNP |National Park Service - SNP | Shenandoah Park Info - APN | May '96 Shenandoah Tragedy |

Weather: Shenandoah Park

Tennessee-North Carolina - 371 Miles

After leaving Virginia, the Trail goes for about 70 miles through Tennessee before beginning to follow the TN-NC border. In this area, the Trail crosses through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where it reaches its highest point, Clingmans Dome, before continuing through the Nantahala Forest.

Smokies Links: Knoxville News-Sentinel Smoky Mountains Park Page | NPS Great Smoky Mountain Park Page | "The Smokies Revisited: A Preface for the '90's" | Smoky Mountains Bibliography | Pollution in the Smokies | The Smokies Magazine | GSMNP Info - APN | Tom Fort's Winter Hike | Park Maps from EagleVision | A Checklist of Common Plants of the Appalachian Trial in the Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina | A Walk in the Woods - Guide and Shuttle Services

Schools: | Smoky Mountain Field School |University of North Carolina at Asheville | Western Carolina University | John Campbell Folk School |

Locales: | Unicoi, TN | Asheville Area Links| Blue Ridge Parkway | Welcome to Western North Carolina | Kingsport, TN | Erwin, TN | Graham County, NC | A.T. to Cheoah Bald | Wahah Bald Info and pictures |

Nature: | Wildflower Pilgrimage - (Late April) | North Carolina Natural 'Zine | Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy | USFS Research Station - Asheville | Roan Mountain |

Pictures and Journals: | Ernie Patterson's Page | The Lorax's Pics from Carolina and Two Days of Thru-Hike Journal |

Misc.: | Hot Springs Spa & Resort | | Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) | | Tribute to Maintainer Sam Waddle | Fontana Village Resort | Cherokee Adventures | Bed and Breakfasts | Bridge Street Cafe and Inn | Nantahala OUtdoor Center | Fontana Motel | Holiday Inn - Erwin |

Weather: Great Smoky Mountain Park

Georgia - 75 Miles

The Trail goes through the rugged Chattahoochee National Forest before reaching its southern terminus at Springer Mountain. Many hikers are surprised to find that one needs to first hike eight miles from Amicalola Falls in order to reach the beginning of the Trail's southern end.

|The Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls | Walasi-Yi Center | Brasstown Bald | Northeast Georgia Mountains Page | Victoria Logue's Story about Springer | Hiking in Georgia Journal | Cherokee Nation | The A.T. in Georgia | The Trail Near Dahlonega | David Wilcox's Trip and Pics | Courtney Smith's Pictures | Pete Fornof's Georgia Pics | Terry Hamrick's Page | Marshall DeBerry's Springer Pictures | Uncle Milt's Scrapbook |


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