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Appalachian Trail at a Glance

31 August 2017 No Comment

The Appalachian Trail, completed in 1937:
•    Is a unit of the National Park Service.
•    Is the nation’s longest marked footpath, at approximately 2,178 miles.
•    Is the first national scenic trail, designated in 1968.
•    Crosses six national parks.
•    Traverses eight national forests.
•    Touches 14 states. Houses more than 2,000 occurrences of rare, threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal species.
•    Crosses numerous state and local forests and parks.
•    Is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships.

The above information provided by The Appalachian Trail Conservancy www.appalachiantrail.org

The Appalachian Trail in Georgia:
•     Home to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain in Amicalola Falls State Park
•     Is 75 miles long
•    Has a difficulty rating of 6 (on a 10 point scale where 1 is flat and 10 requires the use of hands, offers precarious footing, and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights)
•    Has elevations ranging from 2,510 to 4,461 feet
•    Is best hiked in April to May or September to October when crowds and weather have cooled off
•     Is sponsored by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, www.georgia-atclub.org

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