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Classic Treks: The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail was first conceived back in 1921, with construction being completed in 1937. In 1968 it was designated as the United States' first national scenic trail, cementing its status as the top trail in the country. Stretching more than 2,175 miles in length, the trail crosses 14 states, running from Maine to Georgia, and while it does pass through six national parks, it doesn't wander anywhere close to Argentina.
The Appalchian Trail falls within a days ride of 2/3rds of the American population, and 4 million of us head out on the "foot path" every year. The AT offers everything from great day hikes to months long adventures, serving up spectacular views and stunning vistas across its length. Hikers will also encounter plenty of wildlife as well, with moose, dear, elk, and even black bear making regular appearances through out its length.
With its rich diversity, ease of access, and amazing length, the Appalachian Trail has something to offer just about everyone. Whether you are a bird watcher looking to kill a few hours in the woods or a hardcore backpacker with the desire to add your name to the list of those who have conqured all 2000+ miles, this classic trek has something for you. Even armchair adventurers can can get in on the fun by picking up Bill Bryson's classic book A Walk in the Woods. America's first scenic trail, remains its greatest, even if it has gained a bit of noteriety.