About the Appalachian Trail, USA


AT Map

Appalachian Trail’s Essentials

  • Completed in 1937
  • One of the oldest and longest marked foot trail in the USA
  • Approximately 2,175mi / 3,500km
  • Touches 14 US states
  • Crosses 6 national parks
  • Traverse 8 national forests
  • Maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships
  • Lowest elevation 124’ / 37.2 meters
  • Highest elevation 6,624’ / 2,000 meters
  • Total of 165,000 white blazes – GA-ME-GA
  • App 5 million steps, 83 marathons – 1 marathon 26.2mi / 41.9km,
  • More than 350 peaks over 5,000’ / 1,500 meters
  • More than 260 shelters/lean to
  • Takes app 400,000 calories and 117 gallons of water
  • Over 9,000 people have hiked the entire trail –
    Pre 1930s to present

The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2,175mi/3,500km footpath that runs along the Appalachian Mountains from Maine-Georgia. The trail’s northern terminus is in Central Maine in Baxter State Park at Mount Katahdin. The southern terminus is in Northern Georgia in the Chattahoochee National Forest at Springer Mountains.

It is now federally protected under the administrative jurisdiction of the United States Department of the Interior, but is primarily maintained and managed by the Appalachian Trail Conference, changed to Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in 2004.

Today the ATC is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the AT. http://www.appalachiantrail.org

Amy Lam has written a book about her experience on the Appalachian Trail

1st SIN AT Thru-Hiker
First Singaporean Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker
108 pages collection of data, pictures, quotes and thoughts


Edited – Wed2Jun2021: enjoyed this video following along with my book bringing back much fond memories, reflecting with emotional thoughts of the AT&AT hiking-buddies. Appreciations to Jason’s A Journey of the Soul. Needed this in the midst of the COVID-19-pandemic here in SIN and have not been out travelling since 1Nov2019!



2 thoughts on “About the Appalachian Trail, USA

  1. Amy,

    We had a copy of your book, “First Singaporean Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker”

    in our Research Library, but we just did an inventory and the book is missing!

    Is there any way we could get another copy?

    Thank you.

    Linda Patton, Librarian
    Research Library
    Appalachian Trail Museum
    1120 Pine Grove Rd.
    Gardners, PA 17324
    Email: lpatton@fsu.edu
    Museum phone: 717-486-8126

    • Will mail you a copy from Singapore and that will take anything from 2-3weeks. Please acknowledge when you received it. Thanks

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