2. Hundred-Mile Wilderness, Maine (100 miles)Learn More
The last 100-miles of the Appalachian Trail are undeniably the hardest and most isolated, holding the AT’s longest section of unbroken wilderness. A sign at the start reminds hikers that there’s nowhere to re-supply until the end of the line. “It’s really out in the sticks,” says guide and trail expert Philip Werner. “The first 35-miles are extremely mountainous, up and down, up and down. But the last 65 are flat and gorgeous, with ample lakes and streams and waterfalls. It’s also moose city. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the greatest hike in the world.” Be sure to arrange a pick-up at the end, as the trail ends unceremoniously in the middle of nowhere, on a dirt road with logging trucks blowing by.
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