7 Perfect Beginner Hikes on the Appalachian Trail


Do you want to experience the beauty and adventure of the Appalachian Trail, but don’t have the time or skills to hike the whole thing? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Begin at Springer, explore 8.1 miles of Appalachian Trail beauty: streams, waterfalls, forests. Summit views, end at Hawk Shelter for camping.

Georgia's Trail: Springer to Hawk Shelter


For a stunning 360-degree panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains, hike the 2.4-mile loop trail on Max Patch.

Max Patch, North Carolina 


McAfee Knob, a renowned spot on the Appalachian Trail, offers a stunning vista of the Catawba Valley and Tinker Cliffs.  

McAfee Knob, Virginia 


With over 100 miles of the AT running through the park, you have plenty of options to choose from. 

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia  


The highest peak in Connecticut, Bear Mountain is a 6.4-mile loop hike that takes you to a stone tower with views of the Hudson River and the Catskills.  

Bear Mountain, Connecticut  


The highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock is a 6.6-mile loop hike that passes by a war memorial, a lighthouse, and a lodge. 

Mount Greylock, Massachusetts 


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The highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington is an 8.4-mile hike to the summit where you can see four states and Canada on a clear day.

Mount Washington, New Hampshire 


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