The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,181 miles long. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships,and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions do traverse towns and roads, and cross rivers. The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Back on the Trail - 7/26
Ryan took a train out of New York early this morning and is back on the trail today. Monday morning he was interviewed by a reporter from the Clermont Sun. I emailed her some pictures this afternoon for an article that will be in this Thursday's Clermont Sun Newpaper. I talked to Ryan a couple of times while he was in New York and he was anxious to get back on the trail.
He is now officially in New England. He has a little under 800 miles to Mount Katahdin. This will be the most challenging part of the trail. He will enter the longest stretches of wilderness, the highest mountains, the most significant change in scenery, and hike for the first time above tree line. He was really pumped up about it. His plan is to be at Baxter State Park in Maine by the end of September.