Appalachian Trail

Long trails ranging from hundreds to thousands of miles connect some of the Northeast’s and Mid-Atlantic’s most treasured public lands. While some hikers cover a long trail’s full distance in one extended effort, others carve out day hikes or multiday backpacking trips. The segments below provide excellent introductions to eight long trails. 1. Cohos Trail …

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It may be hard to imagine using grub hoes, rock bars, and loppers to build and maintain a hiking trail from Boston to Denver, but that distance—about 1,800 miles as the crow flies—is equivalent to the number of trail miles AMC volunteers and staff maintain every year. Think about that: all the way from the…

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AMC staff monitors energy development proposals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to assess impacts on conservation lands and other ecologically significant areas. Among the many projects currently under consideration are industrial-scale wind farms, power lines, and pipelines that would cut across the Appalachian Trail, fragment National Forests, and further develop critical areas like the Mid-Atlantic…

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  Deep within New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, a rocky cascade of a spur path descends from the Bondcliff Trail to the Guyot Campsite. Hikers arrive here from all directions: Some trek along Garfield Ridge and the Twinway; others hike past iconic Zeacliff; still others climb up out of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and pass…

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In the two years following the 1998 publication of Bill Bryson’s best-selling book A Walk in the Woods, in which he recounted his comical, mostly ill-fated attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail (AT), the number of thru-hikers who embarked on the northbound route from Georgia to Maine spiked by 60 percent. Fifteen years later, effects…

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Photographs courtesy of the Kallin family. On August 31, the Kallin family—parents Dave and Emily and children Nathan and Maddy—reached the summit of Katahdin. The clouds that cloaked the peak’s long shoulders let them see only a few feet in front of them; there would be none of the spectacular views they might expect from…

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Two first-aid kits are spread on the hood of my friend’s car and we’re trying to decide what we should pull from each for our three-day hike along the Appalachian Trail from Connecticut into Massachusetts. Julia, my friend’s 7-year-old daughter, and I are looking at a rolled-up ACE bandage. “Do you think we’ll need that?”…

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It didn’t take long after meeting Andrew Norkin, AMC’s director of trails and recreation management, to recognize that he’s an upstanding, above-board kind of guy. So when he talked recently about all the “dirty work” ahead for his team this summer, it was plain to see he was referring to the challenges in store for…

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About 1,800 miles into their thru-hike of the 2,186-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), northbounders encounter a place where weather, terrain, and hiker services differ markedly from what they’ve come to know from miles and miles and months in the woods. The skies throw in a wild card, what with the trail’s proximity to fabled…

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Afoot and afloat in Maine’s most beguiling backcountry My introduction to Maine’s famed 100-Mile Wilderness region came in early July of 1974, when a junior high school friend and I concocted a plan to hike the Appalachian Trail from Monson to Katahdin. We would cover the 100 trail miles of the name, plus the final…

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