Fast Facts (Part 1)
For those of you that aspire to learn more about the entity that is the Appalachian Trail we have put together some fun facts for you. Enjoy!
– The trail goes through 6 national parks and 8 national forests and is maintained by 30 trail clubs and other volunteers
– The trail touches 14 states
– Highest elevation: Clingman’s Dome in the Smokey Mountains at 6,643 ft
– Lowest elevation – Hudson River New York at 124 ft.
– The Appalachian Trail was the dream of Benton MacKaye and was completed in 1937. In 1968 Congress made it a National Scenic Trail.
– The mileage changes every year. Last year it was 2,175 and it has upped to 2,184.2. That’s a whole extra day of hiking folks.
– The trail is within a day’s drive of 2/3 of the population of the US.
– The southern terminus is in Georgia on top of Springer Mountain in Amicalola State Park (we will actually hike the first day on the approach trail)
– The northern terminus in Baxter State Park in Maine is on top of Mt. Katahdin.
– The fastest anyone has hiked (or ran) the trail is 47 days 13 hours and 31 minutes. We plan on taking 6 months.
– A blind man with a seeing eye dog completed the trail. (if he can, we can)
– 2,000-3,000 hikers attempt to thru-hike each year, only a couple hundred succeed
– Nearly 9,000 have completed a thru-hike
– It takes about 5 million steps from Springer to Katahdin
– There are 165,000 white blazes (give or take a few) on trees and rocks to mark the way
– The trail actually passes through several towns along the way