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The Appalachian Trail

Hike the longest foot-only trail in the world

Learn About the Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world! It crosses through 14 states, from Maine to Georgia. It runs for 2,190 miles, and more than 71 of those miles run through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It takes about 7 days to hike the part of trail that runs through the National Park, but you can cut it shorter by making Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap the midpoint. At Clingmans Dome, you’ll reach the highest point in all of Tennessee! When you hike the trail, you’ll see the beauty of the Smoky Mountains firsthand. Not only is it a great experience, but it is great exercise as well! Stay at The Appy Lodge and get a good night’s rest before embarking on your journey on the Appalachian Trail!

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