About this Trail
The Appalachian Trail is the longest marked footpath in the United States, some 2178 miles long stretching from Maine to Georgia. It was an idea proposed by Ben MacKaye in the 20s, and became finished reality in 1937 due largely to the efforts of Myron Avery. Congress named the AT the first National Scenic Trail in 1968. The AT is maintained by 30 hiking clubs in cooperation with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. More than 10,000 people have hiked the entire AT.
You can find more facts and figures about the trail on the site of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Notes on Difficulty Rating
Being over 2100 miles long it going through mountains, going from its lowest point of 124 feet to its highest of over 6000, there is going to be some easier and harder sections. If you are walking the whole thing, then there is just the matter of endurance!