How The Appalachian Trail Can Truly Transform A Person

Did You Know This About The Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States that stretches from Georgia to Maine. The trail is approximately 2,200 miles long and passes through various states including:

  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine

There are multiple clubs and partnerships that maintain the trail including the National Park Service, United States Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

If you’re going to hike the trail, it’s best to know the basics before starting. The trail can be hiked in piecemeal or all at once (i.e. thru-hike). Make sure you are well prepared as this is no easy hike. Knowing the basics of the hike will benefit you and prepare you for the road ahead.

The thru-hike will take you around 5-7 months and you will need to resupply. Know your logistics and plan your trip well before you begin. A good resource to assist you is located here.

Take a look at the length of the trail:


Thru-Hiking The Trail

The Appalachian Trail is famous for the hikers and thru-hikers who hike the entirety in a single season. After 2,200 miles and wearing a badge of honor, a person is bound to change.

Below are a few pictures of people who completed the trail.


This guy looks like he aged a few years with a beard and wrinkles.



Completely transformed obviously for the better.



Where did all the hair come from?


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