The Appalachian Trail is a 2,181-mile long public footpath. Conceived in 1921 and completed in 1937, private citizens built the trail and thousands volunteer each year to help maintain it. From Maine’s Mount Katahdin to Georgia’s Springer Mountain, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral and culturally resonant lands of 14 states in the eastern U.S.
The A.T. (as it is commonly known) is a hiking trail, enjoyed by an estimated 4 million people each year. It is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. People of all ages and abilities enjoy short walks, day hikes, and long-distance backpacking journeys. It offers a variety of opportunities for viewing spectacular scenery, for exploring, for adventure, for exercise, for nature study, and for renewal. (Source: http://www.nps.gov/appa/index.htm)
Many don’t realize that the A.T. is a US National Park, with the official moniker of “Appalachian National Scenic Trail.” In Maine, the trail covers 276 miles. Here is just a very small view of some of the trail that traverses through Baxter State Park or can be seen from very short side excursion trails. Click on any photo for a larger image…
References for more information:
– Maine Appalachian Trail Club: http://www.matc.org/
– Official US Government Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/appa/index.htm
– Appalachian Trail Conservancy: http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home
– Baxter State Park: http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/