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Hiking the Appalachian Trail:
Is It For You?

Is hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) something you would never consider doing, not in a million years?

Or are you a hiker who has always wanted to do a real leg stretcher? You know, something a bit more ambitious than a few nights on the trail?

Perhaps you are ready to "go for it", but haven't started your planning yet.

And it's going to take a lot of planning to get you safely and comfortably onto the AT.

Regardless of which category you fall into, I've gathered some resources for you.

Full disclosure:

I have never made boot prints on this trail.

I have no intention of being a thruhiker on an American long trail. I'm content with section hiking.

But that doesn't mean I don't want to see you have a grand adventure on it!

  • Read this to figure out what kind of long distance hiking trail hiker you are. Because your reasons for hiking a long trail are really important.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail:
8 Resources

Let's start with general information and get more specific as you proceed down the list.


1. Collections of information sources: Try here as well as here.

2. Here is a more focused resource: a website which provides testimonials from folks who hiked the Appalachian Trail.

  • There are some good links to further info, as well.


3. Are you the type of person who needs to see it to believe it?

  • Here's an AT experiential movie.


4. Books are a great way to "experience" life on the Appalachian Trail, too.

Appalachian Trail books

You can share the story of Grandma Gatewood, the first solo woman through hiker on the AT, with the children in your life.


5. Here's a resource which can get you strategazing!


6. Ready to get down to the nitty gritty? You're going to need food caches.


7. You might glean some useful information from this organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club.


8. Logistics will occupy a lot of your mental space before you begin hiking the Appalachian Trail.


Hiking the Appalachian Trail?
Best wishes!

The links above should get you started on working toward your goal of hiking the AT.

I'll add more resources as I stumble upon them, or readers send them along to me.

  • Like my review of When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike.

Best of luck in your planning!

And just in case Western United States long trails pique your interest, here's a movie review about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Enjoy!


Lovely little violets might grace your campsite on the AT!

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