Articles about trail
Winding its way up the eastern half of the United States is a 2,100 mile long corridor of national forests, state parks, and national parks. Connecting all of these together is the Appalachian Trail. Considered by many hiking enthusiasts to be the "granddaddy" of all long distance foot paths, the Appalachian trail holds a place in the hearts of many Americans as the embodiment of adventure and the frontier spirit that helped make their country what it is today. For, to hike on the Appalachian Trail is to experience America's past and present, and to catch a glimpse into its future. Many come for the experience and few leave untouched by its grandeur.
Below is a list of things not to miss on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. They are listed in order of trail location from south to north with Trail Days having its own special place at the end since it is the only "event" on the list. The rest of the things to do can be experienced year-round whether you're thru-hiking, section hiking, or just out for the day. Virginia's a great state on the trail and the things to do and see are as varied as you would expect over 400 some odd miles of hiking trail.
Nestled deep in the surrounding hills of the southern Appalachians of north Georgia stands Springer Mountain. At 3,780 feet above sea level, this mountain is neither the tallest nor steepest of those in the area. It does, however, hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who has ever hiked or considered hiking the Appalachian Trail and it stands as one of the final southern sentinels of the vast Appalachian Mountain range that stretches from Newfoundland in Canada to the hills of northeastern Alabama.
Out of the wild lake country of central Maine rises a solitary peak revered by the native Americans, climbed by writers, artists, and adventurers, and preserved forever for the people of Maine. With an elevation of 5,268 feet, Mount Katahdin, topped by Baxter Peak, beckons outdoor enthusiasts like few other mountains in the world.
If you love to travel, your cheapest option might just be long distance hiking. Aside from an initial purchase of gear just about all you will need is a food budget. If you plan correctly, you'll be shopping mostly at grocery stores just like you do at home. I know what you're thinking "wait, isn't long distance hiking just walking?" The answer is "No, it's far more than that!"