Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail

Rachel Hachero, an avid hiker and runner, lists a few of the most appealing sections of the Appalachian Trail to hike. Rachel Hachero has spent time hiking the Virginia and Maryland sections of the AT.

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,181 mile trail stretching from Georgia to Maine. It passes through forest, pastures, and climbs several peaks. It is popular for hikers to spend several months hiking the entirety of the trail, but even more popular is people who section hike.

Here are a few memorable parts of the Appalachian Trail to hike, even if you don’t aim to hike the entire trail. First, there is the Shenandoah National Forest winding through Virginia on 104 miles of reasonably graded, scenic, and well-maintained trails. Second, there is the Delaware River. Starting at the state line, the section of the trail above the Delaware River is full of amazing vistas as you traverse the spine of Kittatinny Ridge. Finally, starting in Monson, Maine, there is the 100-Mile Wilderness, which is the longest portion of the trail that does not cross through a town or paved road. The first 30 miles (also known as the 30-Mile Wilderness) of this section have some of the best views on the trail, including Lower Wilson Falls.


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