Dream Title: NP, Hike the Appalachian Trail

Hike the Appalachian Trail

 

Completed in 1937 this National Park is the longest marked footpath in the US at about 2175 miles (the length varies in different sources and it has changed through the years slightly, so it has varied also at different times). It is, of course, through the Appalachian Mountains, through 6 National Parks, 8 National Forests and 14 states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia).

 

The lowest elevation on the trial is 124 feet and the highest is 6,625 feet. Only about 9,000 hearty individuals have completed the whole trail which would take about 5 million footsteps. It could be completed in about 5 to 7 months but some have taken 2 years or more to go the entire route. About 4 million people a year hike part of the trail.

 

There are no hiking fees but to be a thru-hiker, it would costs about $2000 to $4500 in books, maps, transportation, food, some lodging, an occasional restaurant and equipment. In some areas there is a fee to stay overnight and permits are required in other areas.

 

Warning there is a real bear danger (if you run into one) and also be aware of the waterborne disease causing organism, giadiasis. Don’t drink the water without filtering it properly.

 

The trail is affectionately called “The People’s Path”.

 

The book, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is a must read.

 

www.appalachiantrail.org

 

www.fred.net/Kathy/at.html

 

www.nps.gov/appa/