Take a hike… A really long one!

AT_map_250I 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.
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