I have recently gotten very excited about a very big thing! Uh-oh, right? I have started dreaming up the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail. The trail starts in Georgia and ends in Main and takes about 4.5 months to complete. Obviously I do not have 4.5 months free right now, but I am hoping that one day I will!
Here are some facts about the trail:
- Is the nation’s longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,178 miles.
- Crosses six national parks.
- Traverses eight national forests.
- Touches 14 states.
- Houses more than 2,000 occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal species.
- Crosses numerous state and local forests and parks.
- Lowest elevation: 124 feet – near the Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain, New York
- Highest elevation: 6,625 feet – on Clingmans Dome in Tennessee
- There are 165,000 blazes along the length of the Trail.
- More than 10,000 people have reported hiking the length of the Trail.
- It takes approximately 5 million footsteps to walk the entire length of the Trail.