Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Online Interactive Maps of the Appalachian Trail

One of the many beautiful sites [source: Catholicgauzette]

Catholicgauze and I love the Appalachian Trail (AT). We’ve had wonderful weather and torrential downpours hiking along it. I have met life-long friends on the AT. I encourage you to spend some time on any hiking trail, and if you happen to be near the AT, spend some quality time on it. You’ll be sure to see amazing views and meet a wide range of friendly people.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has an interactive map of the entire 2,100 mile trail. I really like the feature, as you can check out where parking locations are, as well as shelters for those wishing to have a longer experience along the Trail.

Also, Backpacker magazine has over 100 AT Trips already planned out for you! You can sort and search by such features as distance and difficulty level. [Backpacker also lists many other hiking trails besides the AT]

Trying to figure out how to get to the AT? The Conservancy has information on Shuttles, Airports, Public Transit Options and Cars. (I often take Amtrak and/or a Commuter Train called the MARC from Washington, DC to Harpers Ferry, WV.)

If you’re interested in learning the conception of the trail, see Catholicgauze’s initial post.


Cartophiliac said...

Where is the part that leads to Argentina?

Catholicgauzette said...

The Appalachian Trail runs between Georgia and Maine. The International Appalachian Trail, constructed in the 1990s, extends north into Canada (the current terminus is at Belle Isle, Labrador and Newfoundland).