Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail in North America is estimated to be 2190 miles (3526 kilometers) long, and takes 146 days* to complete when hiking at an average of 15 miles (25 kilometers) per day.

This trail is also referred to as the AT, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

It is a linear trail, which means that to do a thru hike, you will have to start and end your hike in different places.

The Appalachian Trail has 2 terminuses. Most thruhikers choose to start their hike at the Peak of Springer Mountain in Ellijay, Georgia, United States and end their hike at the Peak of Mount Katahdin in Millinocket, Maine, United States.

A good day of the year to start this hike from the Peak of Springer Mountain is April 1.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy takes on the task of maintaining, improving, and advocating for the Appalachian Trail as its trail association.


NameAppalachian Trail
Other Name(s)AT, Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Length2190 miles (3526 kilometers)
ContinentNorth America
Far Out GuideAppalachian Trail Map
Trail AssociationAppalachian Trail Conservancy
Terminus APeak of Springer Mountain, Ellijay, Georgia, United States
Terminus BPeak of Mount Katahdin, Millinocket, Maine, United States

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Budget Calculator

Thru Hike Budget Calculator
Calculate how much it will cost to thru hike a trail.
2190 / 15 = 146 days to complete the hike
146 days * $35/day = $5110

Estimated Total Budget (USD): $7,110.00

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*This data is estimated and should not be relied upon without further research. It is meant as a starting point for hike planning, not as the only information used to plan your thru hike.