The Appalachian Trail | Long Distance Trail


More than 140 Trail Conference volunteers maintain the historic Appalachian National Scenic Trail from the Delaware Water Gap to Connecticut. That's nearly 160 miles! Ranging from easy to strenuous, there are portions of this trail for everyone; whether you're looking to section-hike or hike the entire 2,200 miles as a thru hiker.

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail, known lovingly by hikers as the A.T., runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, a distance of about 2,160 miles. In the New York-New Jersey region, it spans more than 160 miles; from the Delaware Water Gap to Connecticut. The trail is uniformly marked with a 2" x 6" white-painted, vertical blaze.

The first section of the A.T. was built by volunteers of the Trail Conference from 1922-1923, from the Bear Mountain Bridge (it opened in 1924) to the Ramapo River south of Arden in Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks.

The A.T. was designated a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 1968. The A.T. and a protective corridor are managed cooperatively by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). The ATC delegates maintenance responsibilities to member trail clubs, including the Trail Conference, along the length of the trail.

The Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey and similar guides for other states describe the trail in great detail, with comments about trail features every few tenths of a mile. These guides are revised every three to five years. The Appalachian Trail Data Book, published by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, is revised yearly and covers the whole trail in fewer than 100 pages.

Bear Mountain Trails Project

The A.T. on Bear Mountain is the focal point of a multi-year, multi-agency trail building and rehabilitation project being led by the Trail Conference.

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