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Appalachian Trail

Listed under Walking in New Jersey, United States.

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The Appalachian Trail is an epic journey of 2,179 miles between Georgia's Springer Mountain and Maine's Mount Katahdin, and across many states and National Parks and reserves in between. It's so long that most people don't traverse it all at once – but lots of people do attempt to hike it in a season, these guys call themselves thru-hikers.

The trail is marked out along the route with white stripes of paint, guiding you along the route via the more than 250 hikers huts and campsites that line it. Shelters are usually spaced a day's hike or less apart, most often near a water source (which may be dry) and with a privy.

The highest point on the trail is Clingmans Dome at 6643ft, and the lowest point is on the Hudson River where it's 124ft, so as well as being long it's also high and low... And home to all sorts of animals, American black bears included. And timber rattlesnakes and copperheads. And deer and moose and elk.

It's too long to describe properly here, but there's plenty of information out there for serious Appalachian Trail hikers.

Written by  Andrew Armour.

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