|State||Mileage||Highest Point||Height (Feet)|
|New Hampshire||161||Mount Washington||6288|
|Vermont||146||Near Killington Peak||3870|
|New York||88||Prospect Rock||@ 1433|
|New Jersey||74||High Point||1803|
|Pennsylvania||232||Methodist Hill (?)||@ 2100|
|West Virginia||** 2||?||?|
|North Carolina||* 371||Clingmans Dome||6643|
|Tennessee||* 371||Clingmans Dome||6643|
Georgia 75 miles-The trail goes through the Chattahoochee National Forest before reaching the southern terminus of Springer Mountain. The trail is full of wildflowers from the winter runoff, mountain loral and rhodededron. The trees found here are second growth hardwood like hickory, oak and poplar. The elevation in Georgia is farely high never going below 2,500 feet.
Tennessee/North Carolina 371 miles- The trail here goes through Tennessee for around 70 miles before you start the trail right along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina so this makes it nearly impossible to tell the actual length of the trail in each of these two states. This part of the trail offers up the heighest point of the entire trail in which you must summit Clingmans Dome a 6,643 footer. This is one of only two 6,000 footers on the trail, the other being Mount Washington. This offers a great hike in the beginning of the journey. Your hiking will take you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where you will be offered up some of the most amazing sites around. The park has over 900 miles of trail and attracts over 9 million visitors annualy, the most of any national park. Don't worry you won't be seeing that many people on the trails. The trail then goes into another forest where you can continue your hiking, Nantahala Forest. This forest is smaller and less impressive then the Smoky Mountains but the Nantahala Gorge is a must see, the name of the forest meaning "noon day sun" in the native Indian language due to the bottom of the gorge only having sunlight at the bottom around noon time. Unlike Georgia this section of the trail has tons of elevation change. The trail hits a low, for the area, around 1,300 feet above sea level and the high of the state climbs to over 6,600 feet.
Virginia 544 miles- Virginia makes up a very large portion of the Appalachian Trail, about one-fourth, and allows for some great hiking. The trail leads you through Mount Rogers and Shenandoah National Park. These are very beautiful and well liked places along the trail. The section of the trail in the Shenandoah forest parallels a river and runs through the valley allowing for wonderful sites, with mountains raising up on both sides of you.
West Virginia 2 miles- At this point the trail passes very closely by the ATC headquarters. Close enough were you can take a little time off to go and visit the headquarters. The trail also passes you through Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry an important historical site to this country, being influenced by Thomas Jefferson, "Stonewall" Jackson, Meriwether Lewis, John Brown, and Frederick Douglas is a great spot to stop along the trail. The other important part of this site is that by many hikers this is considered the half-way point of the trail. Though not truly the half-way mark it has the the feeling and happiness of the half-way mark to hikers.
Maryland 41 miles- The Appalachian trail follows the South Mountains and then crosses the Potomac River.
Pennyslvania 232 miles- The true half-way mark of the Appalachian Trail. It follows the crest of the south Mountains. It enters the state at the Delaware Water gap area. You will follow the Eastern rim of the Alleghanies. The trails in Pennyslvania are known to be very rocky. The elevation in Pennyslvania is relatively low so the hikinh is not that bad, even with the trails being rocky.
New Jersey 74 miles- The trail in New Jersey passes through Wawayanda State Park, whichs offers up some great views of the area from some cliffs. The trail leads you through some pastures and open fields at points but also includes some cliffs and some relatively steep hikes, at low elevations.
New York 88 miles- New York has a great bit of significance to the Appalachian trail, due to the fact that the first section of the trail was actually completed in New York. Passing within an hours distance of New York city the trail is flat and heavily wooded and offers up some good hiking. You will hike through the Sterling Forest and the Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park,
Connecticut 52 miles- The trail passes through several state parks and has the scenic Bear Mountain and Taconic Ridge. The last of the middle easy states the hiking again continues to get harder here. The beginning states in the south are hard and high elevation but the middle states are relatively flat and now the hiking starts to build up again.
Massachusetts 90 miles- The trail here winds through the Berkshires and includes several river crossings. It also includes a summit of Mount Greylock (3491'), a relatively low but good hike and good practice for the mountains you will be hiking non-stop in New Hampshire.
Vermont 146 miles- The trail here connects with the Long Trail and these two trails are joined together for 95 miles. These two trails being together allows for more attention to these trails and the trails will be in great condition and should allow for some great hiking.
New Hampshire 161 miles-Starting in the Mahoosuc Range the trail continues on through New Hampshire. The first summit is at Mt. Success and then continues on to the White Mountains. The AMC hut headquarters at Pinkham Notch is a good place to stop and learn more about the trail and rest, it's located at the base of Mount Washington. The Trail in New Hampshire then has a very interesting part to it. While in the White Mountains the trail is used for the Appalachian Mountain club and their huts. Within a days distance of each other the AMC huts are located. So one day you can stay at one hut and after a days hike you can be staying at another hut. These huts run like mini-hotels where you pay to stay and the staffs at the hut serve you dinner and breakfast, and they have other food and some other miscellaneous things for you to do. For thru-hikers if you are willing to do basic chores, or be willing to give a lecture during the day, you can earn yourself a free meal or possible bedding.
This map shows the elevations and the distance inbetweent the huts. As an experienced hiker in New Hampshire I have hiked to all of these huts except Carter Notch and Zealand Falls. The hikes are amazing and each are placed perfectly for a thru-hike and they also are all placed for superb views. If you want something easier you can hike to the easy Lonesome Lake which is popular for families with young kids. If you are the more daring and adventurous you can summit Mount Washington, no easy task, to stay at Lakes of the Clouds hut. Another fun and extremely scenic trail is taking the cog up Mount Washington and then hiking the ridge to Mizpah Spring hut. Though most of your hiking is down hill the trail is amazing and you have great views the entirity of the hike.
Maine 281 miles- Finally the end of the trail. The northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is Mount Katahdin, Mount Katahdin is easily the hardest hike I have ever done, beating Mount Washington easily. The majority of the trail is in the secluded Baxter State Park where you will be seen by other avid hikers and the wildlife. The area is packed full with moose, and other wildlife. It will offer up some amazing views and some great trails and Mount Katahdin is a great end to the Appalachian Trail, though very hard it is extremely rewarding and amazing, unfortunately it was extremely cloudy and almost raining on us when I was at the top. Another great aspect of the Maine trails is the blueberries, if you are there late enough (around end of July-August) there are an abundance of wild blueberries. So the whole time we were hiking we would be reaching down and grabbing some blueberries to eat while we hiked. The supply is endless and this can add some flavor to your boring diets and can be very delicious and entertaining.
Much of this material was used from http://www.fred.net/kathy/at/atstate.html.