Walking the Appalachian Trail – world’s last epic adventure
The Appalachian Trail trekking may be the most epic thing in USA you will get to experience. It looks impressive even from the statistics: it is 2100 miles long, crosses 14 states and 6 national parks. And, for most of us, it is impassable in one time, of course – which is great, because the trail’s length gives the excuse to visit it as many times as we need. Of course, it is possible to do the whole Appalachian Trail in a one gigantic hike and become a real ‘thru-hiker’, but with so many breathtaking landscapes en route from Georgia to Maine doing the hike slowly is way better idea.
Choose your Appalachian adventure
While planning the Appalachian Trail trekking, you should try to focus on one region instead trying to walk the whole 2168 miles at one go (which would take you from 5 to 7 months). Look carefully at the map and choose, which landscapes are the most tempting. If you crave for humans, run to West Mountain Shelter, which offers one of the most spectacular views of the Trail towards Hudson River and… Manhattan in a distance. However, if you want to experience the Appalachian wilderness at its best, head to the short section of the trail that cuts the Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.
Enjoy the misty&smoky Smokies
Although being only a short section of the main trail, it is known for its spectacular wild landscapes, including deep pine forests and endless panorama of mist-covered mountain ranges reaching the horizon.While exploring the ‘Smokies’ you can hike the highest point of the Appalachian Trail – the Clingmans Dome (6643 ft). Set among the vastness of evergreen spruce-fir forests, the Dome is clearly visible from the distance. To make the hike even more rewarding, climb also its viewpoint platform, which offers truly stunning, 360 degree panorama of the mountains. On a clear day expect views reaching as far as 100 miles far!
Appalachian Trail trekking is undoubtedly a challenge which is hard to compare with any other outdoor adventure. Regardless your age, level of mountain experience and stamina you’ll find here your own hiking paradise. So, do not waste any more time and jump the Appalachian adventure this season!