Nature & Science
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail traverses the Appalachian Mountain chain from central Maine to northern Georgia, for a distance of approximately 2,180 miles. The trail's length, north-south alignment, changes in elevation, and the numerous peaks and ridges it crosses along this ancient mountain chains has resulted in one of the most biodiverse units of the National Park System.
To learn more about how NPS manages resources along the trail, see the Resource Management Plan for Appalachian Trail located on our Park Planning page.
Learn about some of the plants and wildlife along trail visit ATC's plants & wildlife page, located HERE.
Did You Know?
Volunteers monitor and maintain the Trail and its shelters and help with operations at headquarters. There are thirty volunteer trail-maintaing clubs associated with the Appalachian Trail.