The Appalachian Trail is a 2,193-mile footpath that crosses 14 states in the eastern US.
The trail was first proposed in 1921 by Benton MacKaye and completed in 1937 by volunteers.
Hiking the trail requires physical endurance, mental toughness, and logistical planning.
You need to choose your route, gear, budget, and schedule before you start your hike.
You need a backpack, tent, sleeping bag, stove, water filter, clothing, and footwear.
The average cost of hiking the trail is $6,000, including food, transportation, and lodging.
The best time to hike the trail depends on your preference, but most hikers start in spring or fall.
You can hike the trail from north to south or south to north, but most hikers start from Georgia.
You need to be aware of the weather, wildlife, water, and other hikers on the trail.
On October 2nd, a slideshow Doodle celebrates the Appalachian Trail.