The granddaddy of all long-distance hikes, the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail traverses 14 states on its route from Georgia to Maine, through the Appalachian Mountains. More than 260 shelters dot the trail, along with campsites, each perfectly spaced about a day’s walk apart. While the majority of the AT travels through forest and wilderness (including some sections above tree line), there are also many segments that cross roads, farms, and towns, making for a different type of adventure, as well as providing convenient resupplies. Even if you don’t plan on spending six months doing the whole thing, at least take on one of its most scenic stretches, such as the McAfee Knob, a forested 7.5-mile round-trip in Virginia that leads to the most photographed overlook on the entire trail.
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