Appalachian Trail

Unaka Springs Road
Erwin, TN - 37650

Type: Hiking Trails
(828) 254-3708
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    Appalachian Trail Sign
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The Appalachian Trail is one of the most renowned long-distance hiking trails in the world, stretching approximately 2,190 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. This trail traverses 14 states and is a beloved destination for hikers of all levels, offering diverse landscapes ranging from dense forests and rolling hills to rugged mountain peaks and picturesque valleys. The trail is maintained by a vast network of volunteers and is overseen by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail can be a transformative experience. For those seeking a full immersion, a thru-hike—completing the entire trail in one continuous journey—typically takes five to seven months and requires thorough preparation, physical fitness, and mental resilience. However, many choose to explore the trail in sections, which is a more manageable way to experience its beauty. Along the trail, hikers can find shelters and campsites, as well as small towns that cater to hikers with supplies, food, and lodging.

The Appalachian Trail is accessible year-round, but the best times to hike are generally from late spring to early fall. Weather conditions can vary greatly along the trail, with the southern sections being more temperate and the northern sections experiencing harsh winters and late-season snow. Proper planning and gear are essential for a safe and enjoyable hike. Whether you're embarking on a short day hike or a multi-day adventure, the Appalachian Trail offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature and experience the splendor of the Eastern United States.

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