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?
The total length of the Appalachian Trail is more than 2,175 miles. The Trail was designed, constructed, and marked in the 1920's and 1930's by volunteer hiking clubs brought together by the volunteer-based, nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).