HIGH WATER AT STREAM CROSSINGS IN MAINE
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A. GETTING TO THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL BY CAR:
There are more than 500 public road crossings along the Appalachian Trail, with trailhead parking areas at or near many of these crossings.
The Appalachian Trail brochure map shows the general location of the Trail and proximity to major roads.
The Appalachian Trail Interactive Map shows more detail, including many parking areas and the ability to generate directions to them.
The Ultimate Trail Store offers the greatest level of information, including the official A.T. hiking maps and guidebooks, the databook, thru-hiker companion and more.
B. GETTING TO THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL BY TRAIN:
Direct access to the Appalachian Trail by train service is available at two locations - Harpers Ferry, WV (70 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.), and Pawling, NY (80 miles north of New York City).
C. GETTING TO THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL BY BUS:
Access to the Appalachian Trail by bus is available in some areas. New England hasthe most extensive bus service close to the Trail. In most other areas, you can get a bus to a city near the Trail, and arrange for someone to shuttle you to the trailhead. Check Greyhound and Trailways for details.
Some local service highlights:
D. GETTING TO THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL BY PLANE:
Below is a list of some airports near the Appalachian Trail, listed north to south.
Did You Know?
The Appalachian Trail evolved from the 1921 proposals of Massachusetts regional planner Benton MacKaye to preserve the Appalachian crests as a wilderness belt - a retreat from urban life. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy was formed in 1925 and focused on the hiking aspect of MacKaye's vision.