The Appalachian Trail, stretching from Maine to Georgia, is the longest contiguous hiking trail in America and considered one of the best in the world. There is no better way to see the real eastern America, north to south, than a summer’s hike along the whole length of the spectacular Appalachian Mountains, though the trail can be joined at any point for shorter hikes.
Maine’s 200,000-acre park, Baxter State Park is definitely one of the most exquisite places in the Northeast and a great place to hike and camp on the trail. Here you will find the real deep woods and Mount Katahdin, a great granite monolith that rises above the nearby trees and glittering lakes.
Further south in New Hampshire, the trail passes through the White Mountains, which offers some of the best kayaking, mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking opportunities in New England. White Mountain National Forest covers more than 700,000 acres with over 100 waterfalls, dozens of lakes and many mountain streams. The 6,288-foot Mt. Washington is very popular with mountain climbers.
The trail passes within an hour’s time of the famous New York City. For a different type of wildlife, New York City’s five boroughs namely Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island offer so many places to go and things to see that you will understand why it is called the city that never sleeps.
In North Carolina, the trail enters the Great Smoky Mountains. These mountains, formed hundreds of millions of years ago, are the oldest mountains in the world. With peaks ranging from 840 to 6,642 feet, these mountains are nearly always shrouded in a lovely blue haze. This beautiful area has a variety of animal and plant life. The trail dies in Georgia, just past Chattahoochee National Forest, at Springer Mountain.