Section Hiking

Misadventure in the Adirondacks: Street and Nye

Misadventure in the Adirondacks: Street and Nye

My trick to long-distance hiking is not to stop hiking. Stopping for even a five-minute break means a good ten minutes of creaky bones and joints before I’m moving smoothly...

Apr 1, 2019 : Scott Durkin
Connecticut: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Connecticut: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Connecticut's section of the Appalachian Trail may be short, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in diversity. In its 52 miles, the trail traverses everything from...

Mar 14, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Section Hike Virginia V:  Front Royal to Harpers Ferry

How to Section Hike Virginia V: Front Royal to Harpers Ferry

Distance: 55 miles Terrain type: Woodland trails and some open fields. A choppy mix of short climbs and descents through much of the section. Difficulty: Easy to moderate Best seasons: Spring or

Feb 7, 2019 : Ken Nail
What Hiking 1,000 Miles of the AT Has Taught Me

What Hiking 1,000 Miles of the AT Has Taught Me

On May 8, 2016, I set sail on the 12-hour car ride from Philadelphia to Springer Mountain, GA. I was on my way to begin a thru-hike of the Appalachian...

Jan 21, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

As the final northbound thru-hiker summits Katahdin and hiking season comes to an end, there is a quietness that falls over the AT. It’s worth it to wait a few...

Oct 25, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
120 Miles Done: Through the Smoke and Fire to Crater Lake

120 Miles Done: Through the Smoke and Fire to Crater Lake

I just woke up in my little one-person progressively-worse-smelling tent, wandered to the actual bathroom! with actual running water! at this crater lake campsite, rubbed layer one of dirt off...

Jul 28, 2018 : Heather Pearson
Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

​Every year, thousands of hikers start their journey down the Appalachian Trail, each hopeful to earn the title of “thru-hiker” in a few months' time. While roughly 600 hikers will...

Jun 20, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The Empire State is known throughout the AT community for being Total Distance: 3.6 miles (with longer options available) About The Hike: Located only an hour outside of NYC, Bear...

Jan 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
25 Miles Through the Smokies: DIY Loop From Cosby Campground

25 Miles Through the Smokies: DIY Loop From Cosby Campground

There are well over a hundred different trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the opportunity for a three-day hike gave my friends and me the overwhelming choice...

Nov 27, 2017 : Michael Bullard
Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Commonly voted a favorite spot along the Appalachian Trail​, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is a hiker's dream. ​​The trail through the park takes hikers to the highest point...

Sep 13, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn