Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail

We found this great infographic from Hiking and had to share it.  They have listed 35 reasons why you should walk the Appalachian trail.  But first what is the Appalachian trail?  The Appalachian trail is officially known as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, it is a marked hiking trail in the USA from Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The total length is approximately 2,200 miles (3,500 km) and crosses through 14 states, but slight changes to routes mean the trail length is often changing.

So why walk the Appalachian Trail?  (as if you need ask), offer 35 reasons, here are a few of our favourites.

  • It takes 5 months and 5 million steps to walk the trail.
  • Clingmans Dome is the trails highest point at 6,700ft, a great place to watch the sun rise!
  • The Hot Springs resort and spa with its steaming mineral bath with legendary healing powers.
  • Laural Fork Gorge with its 75 ft waterfall

and of course at the end you can tell people you have walked over 2,000 miles and completed the trail.

Walked the trail?  Leave a comment and share your advice or favourite experience upon the way.

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