Fourteen MORE Appalachian Trails

The Appalachian Trail stretches along the spine of fourteen east coast states. It is renowned for its scenery, from the rocky Whites of New Hampshire to the undulating Blue Ridge of Virginia. Although a lot can be seen in those 2,186 miles, there’s a lot more to those fourteen states than the trail marked by white blazes. So here are fourteen more Appalachian Trails – for those of you who just can’t get enough.

1. Maine

The Grafton Loop Trail | 39 Miles

Maine is considered one of the most beautiful states along the entire Appalachian Trail. And if you’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail, you’ve already done a section of the Grafton Loop. This 39 mile loop connects with the Appalachian Trail at Old Speck and Baldplate Mountains, and offers breathtaking scenery of southern Maine’s most rugged peaks.

2. New Hampshire

The Cohos Trail | 165 Miles

The Appalachian Trail through New Hampshire encompasses some of the most beautiful 360 degree views in the Northeast. White Mountain National Forest also sees more visitors per year than Yellowstone and Yosemite combined. You can skip the crowds and can experience New Hampshire’s famed scenery from Crawford Notch to the Canadian Border on the Cohos Trail.

3. Vermont

The Catamount Trail | 300 Miles

Vermont is home to America’s oldest long distance hiking trail, the Long Trail. What many End-to-Enders do not know is Vermont also claims America’s longest back country ski trail. The Catamount Trail parallels the Long Trail and is permitted for winter use only. So grab your skis or snowshoes, wait for snow, and hit the trail!

4. Massachusetts

The Midstate Trail | 95 Miles

The Midstate Trail begins at the Rhode Island border and extends to the border of New Hampshire. As its name implies, the yellow blazes run through the center of Massachusetts, winding their way around highly developed city centers, and while staying remarkably wild.

5. Connecticut

The New England National Scenic Trail | 215 Miles

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) extends from Long Island sound in Connecticut, through both Connecticut and Massachusets, to the New Hampshire border. Along the way it connects three long distance trails and boasts views of the expansive Connecticut River Valley and beyond.

6. New York

The Long Path | 357 Miles

The Appalachian Trail only passes through ninety miles of New York State. Although Bear Mountain offers beautiful views of the New York City skyline, New York is home no less than three distance hiking trails. The aqua blazes of the Long Path run from New York City across the George Washington Bridge and north through the rugged Catskill Mountains to Thatcher Park just outside of the capital city of Albany.

7. New Jersey

The Batona Trail | 50 Miles

New Jersey may be colloquially known for its bear population, but it is also home to the famed New Jersey Pine Barrens.  Experience these pristine Oak Pine forests on the pink blazed Batona Trail, southern Jersey’s longest trail. The Batona Trail connects three protected forests, beginning at Bass River State Forest and ending in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.

8. Pennsylvania

The Mid State Trail | 325 Miles/523 Kilometers

Pennsylvania may be nicknamed Rocksylvania on the Appalachian Trail, but The Mid State Trail is known as the “Wildest Trail in Pennsylvania”. It runs from the New York State Border to the Maryland Border, making its way along narrow ridges to preserve its famed wild character. The Mid State Trail is also one of the few distance trails in the United States to use metric measures in their guide materials.

9. Maryland

The Tuscarora Trail | 250 Miles

The Tuscarora Trail runs west of the Appalachian Trail through sections of Pennsylvania, the length of Maryland and Northern Virginia. The Northern Terminus is just south of Duncannon, PA and the Southern Terminus is near Front Royal, VA. Because the Tuscarora Trail runs parallel to the Appalachian Trail, a 500 mile loop can be formed incorporating the Tuscarora Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

10. West Virginia

The Allegheny Trail | 330 Miles

Although West Virginia can only claim about four miles of the Appalachian Trail, it is known for its “Wild and Wonderful” mountains and hills. Experience wild West Virginia on The Allegheny Trail. The northern terminus lies at the Mason-Dixon Line near the West Virginia/Pennsylvania border and it extends to intersect the Appalachian Trail on Peters Mountain at the Virginia Border.

11. Virginia

The Iron Mountain Trail | 43 Miles

Virginia boasts of an expanse of trail systems. From the famed 35 mile multi use Virginia Creeper Trail, to the 554 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, there are no shortage of beautiful trails to traverse. The Iron Mountain Trail is steeped in history, encompassing a 24 mile section of the original Appalachian Trail. This multi use trail’s endpoints are the Appalachian Trail town of Damascus and Hurricane Mountain.

12. Tennessee

The Cumberland Trail |175 Miles

Although the Cumberland Trail is still being connected, the current and proposed trail runs the length of Tennessee along the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Although it runs west of the rugged Smokies that separate Tennessee from North Carolina, the Cumberland Trail boasts of a remote and challenging backwoods experience, encompassing both ridge walks and gorge exploration.

13. North Carolina

The Mountains to Sea Trail | 1150 Miles

Despite its impressive length weaving across the state of North Carolina from Clingman’s Dome to the Outer Banks, only 53 hikers have recorded completed hikes of the MTS. The white circle blazes dart in and out of the Blue Ridge Parkway, across roadwalks and flatlands and cease at the eastern endpoint – the Atlantic Ocean.

14. Georgia

The Pinhoti | 330 Miles

Part of the International Appalachian Trail, the Pinhoti Trail connects Springer Mountain to Alabama via the Benton MacKaye Trail. The Pinhoti Trail runs 168 miles through Georgia, and passes through some of the most remote hiking in Georgia in the Cohutta Wilderness, a mere hundred miles or so from the hiker highway that is Springer Mountain.

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Comments 2

  • Walter Linker : Nov 4th

    The Foothills Trail – 78 mi along the blueridge escarpment in SC along the borders of NC & GA is great. BMT mentioned above. The Bartram Trail in northeast GA & NC. The Art Lobe Trail in western NC is a good one. The Southern Appalachian Loop Trail (SALT) does parts of all of those and the AT, about 350 mi. Tons of great hiking in & near western NC!

    • Caet Cash : Nov 4th

      Yes yes yes I agree! Western NC is blessed with beautiful mountains and a killer trail system – thanks for all those mentions (especially SALT and the BMT – those are two that are on my list). It’s amazing how many long trails exist – and western nc is so close to so many!


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