The Best Videos From, On, and/or About the Appalachian Trail

As the Appalachian Trail grows in popularity, there are more and more videos available that try and capture the beauty and enormity of the entire trail. It’s a difficult task, but some creative souls are able to capture just a glimpse of what it’s like to experience the magic and wonder of one of the longest marked trails in the world.

Top Picks

Green Tunnel

A hiker captures 24 footsteps everyday and blends them together in this 4-minute thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. Watch as the seasons go by and the environment changes with each step, bringing him closer to the end of his journey.

Appalachian Trail: the 3.5 Minute Thru Hike

A hiker and filmmaker sets out to document his journey on the Appalachian Trail and gives us a a state-by-state look at his amazing journey.

Appalachian Trail – The Brothers 3

Three brothers set out on a southbound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. Starting with their preparation and ending with their finish on Springer Mountain, it shows short clips of their lives as they evolve into hiking machines. Bonus: Lots of beards

 The Final Summit

This is the last segment of an aweome National Geographic documentary of the Appalachian Trail. The entire documentary is available on Netflix and I would highly recommend watching the whole thing. This clip focuses on northbound hikers during their last day on the trail.


Great Scenery


This video was shot on a small segment of the AT, but provides great scenery and music to help you get pumped for your next hike.

Underneath a Blanket of Stars

Filmed in Shenendoah National Park, this video provides another stunning look at a section of trail.

Inspirational Words

Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail? 3rd Place

The following video is from an Appalachian Trail Conservancy video contest. It includes great quotes like:

“Bill Gates woke up this morning and went to work… but he could never buy the feeling I have when I get to the top of this mountain.”

Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail? First Place

A different but equally as inspiring take on the question.

Dr. Suess – Oh the Places You’ll Go

Have you ever realized how eerily relevant this poem is to the trail? You will after watching this video.


Want more? If These Videos Don’t Inspire You to Thru-Hike, Then Nothing Will

Or check out: Katniss Neverclean’s very own montage from the AT!

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Comments 11

  • sheffieldnick : Mar 10th

    This new AT film only came out a couple of days ago! Definitely worth a watch.

  • Phil Mizell : Jul 22nd

    I can’t find the NatGeo documentary on Netflix. I guess they removed it.

  • FISH : Sep 9th

    I have a fall back video that I love! it is “Humps 2013 through hike” on Youtube! Great soundtrack and extremely motivational

  • AT Deafblind Dream : Sep 19th

    Here is one of inspiration videos of Deafblind AT hiker who completed his AT journey last year after 4 years of hiking from GA to ME – This short movie has put together by David Whitney from Maine.

  • Reptar : May 22nd

    I made a video as well.

  • Randy : Jul 3rd

    Getaway: The Appalachian Trail Documentary just came out it’s really good as well.

  • Swathhiker : Sep 30th

    You may have missed the viewing at the lovely LOVELY ice-cream-filled Hostel in VT (can’t remember too well who/where), of the AT film “Southbounders.” It’s a love story. An actual attempt at a fictional movie about falling in love on the AT. Worth a watch if you can find it.


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