Appalachian Trail – Eastern United States
There are two hardcore backpacking trips in the U.S., and the one on the eastern side of the country is the Appalachian Trail. From north to south, this hiking trail passes through the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. Whether you start at the north end or the south end (which is the most popular route), the total trail length is approximately 2,185 miles and the average hiking time is five to seven months. Most hikers start at Springer Mountain in Georgia in the early spring and reach the end point in Maine by early October. Long distance hikers will pass Civil War battle sites, small woodland animals, and quaint towns while traveling this route.