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The trail conservancy claims that the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail in the world.

Thru-hikers attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season — more than 2,700 people thru-hiked the trail in 2014 — and some hike from one end to the other, then turn around and thru-hike the trail the other way, known as a "yo-yo".

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Other separate extensions continue the southern end of the Appalachian range in Alabama and continue south into Florida, creating what is known as the Eastern Continental Trail.

For the train station, see Appalachian Trail (Metro-North station).

For the phrase "Hiking the Appalachian Trail", see Mark Sanford disappearance and extramarital affair.

Many books, memoirs, web sites, and fan organizations are dedicated to these pursuits.

An extension known as the International Appalachian Trail continues northeast, crossing Maine and cutting through Canada to Newfoundland, with sections continuing in Greenland, through Europe, and into Morocco.

The Appalachian Trail was completed in 1937 after more than a decade of work, although improvements and changes continue.

It is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms.


For the conservation group, see Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.

T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine.