The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked trail extending from Georgia to Maine.
The trail is about 2,189 miles long but the exact length changes each year as parts are modified or rerouted. More than 3 million people are said to do at least one day-hike on the trail each year.
The Appalachian Trail was completed in 1937 after more than a decade of work, although improvements and changes continue.
The Warwick section of the Appalachian Trail pre-dates the official opening by about six years, however Native American trails existed on the ridge for hundreds of years before that. A little more than 10 miles of the AT lies within the borders of the Town of Warwick.
The AT is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships in 14 states.
The New York, New Jersey Trail Conference is the trail club responsible for maintaining the section of the trail in our region.
The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms.
The trail conservancy claims that the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail in the world. It passes through 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Thru-hikers attempt to hike the trail in its entirety in a single season — more than 2,700 people thru-hiked the trail in 2016 — and some hike from one end to the other, then turn around and thru-hike the trail the other way, known as a “yo-yo”. Northbound hikers are known as “NOBO’s” and southbound hikers as “SOBO’s.”
Many books, memoirs, websites, movies, and fan organizations are dedicated to these pursuits.
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