Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Hit the Trail

April 1, 2009, 10:30 am

It's more than 2,175 miles long and passes through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. It climbs mountains, plunges into river valleys and even finds its way into town from time to time. It provides ample opportunity to sprain or fracture things best left unmolested. It gets hot. It gets cold. There are bugs -- all sorts of bugs, many of them sworn to evil. Ultimately, it rigorously tests, both mentally and physically, one's sheer locomotive drive. What's not to love? But in fact there is much to love, and you doubtless know already that I'm writing about the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the most celebrated footpath in America. You've been threatening to through-hike it for years. So no more excuses.