Springer Mountain, Georgia
This hiking trail that is around 75 miles in length and generally lasts for eight days is located at the southern end of the Appalachian Trail in northern Georgia. Starting from the northern portion of Georgia to Georgia and ending in the southern depths of North Carolina, the most mesmerizing part of this trail is the shady, oak valleys that are completely breathtaking. Since this journey is often fairly longer, hikers agree that the best time to explore this trail is during the milder spring climate instead of the hot, humid summer.
Anthony’s Nose, New York 2.2 miles round-trip
Contrary to what many hikers believe, the Appalachian Trail’s lowest point is actually where it crosses the Hudson River. Although many people are aware of this, the climb up to Anthony’s Nose is actually quite difficult, even for the fittest outdoor explorers. A short trail but fairly intensive, it does take some physical practice to prepare for this steep climb.
Delaware River, New Jersey/Pennsylvania 15.9 miles one-way (two days)
If you happen to make the special trip out to the Delaware Water Gap, be sure to visit The Kittatinny Ridge towers which offer incredible views of the tri-state area. Dip your toes into Sunfish Pond, the southernmost glacial lake on the A.T. Also, it is also very convenient to take a side trip to Mt. Tammany, where you can also see beautiful views of the river and the surrounding mountains in the area.
Avid hikers and sometimes photographers make the trip out to Mt. Tammany during the early spring (to see the pale green leaves) or mid-autumn to see the bright, vibrant leaves for miles at a time.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee (four days)
As the country’s most visited national park, this is a classic trip in the South that is an essential adventure for many outdoor adventurers all over the country. Reservations are required for shelters and campsites, and weekdays are generally less crowded. Hiking paths take visitors through ridges and streams, incredible vistas, icy bodies of water and a climb to the highest point on the trail at Clingman’s Dome, which is over six-thousand feet.
The hike up to Clingman’s Dome is quite impressive for everyone ranging from Trails are steeper, longer, and higher here than in Shenandoah National Park. Surprisingly enough, this trail that goes through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can experience rainstorms, snowstorms and hail storms in the spring.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 100 miles (ten days)
Unlike the other trails, the hike to Shenandoah National Park is definitely geared towards outdoor explorers that have worked up to an extensive physical excursion. In other words, this hike is in no way designed for the weak-hearted.
Although this is one of the longest journeys on the Appalachian trail, it is actually not the most physically draining or intensive. The length of the trail presents hikers and other visitors stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along with the Shenandoah Valley, if you are keen on exploring some more.