The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is almost 2,190 miles long, passes through 14 states, eight different national forests, six national park units and numerous state parks, forests, and game lands. But you don't have to hike every mile of the Trail to experience its beauty (and toils). People enjoy the A.T. in a variety of ways! Here's some common lingo.

  • Day hiking: Taking an hour-long amble or all day rigorous hike, but returning home the same day.
  • Multi-day Hiking: From backpacking on a one-night overnight trip to section-hiking large portions of the A.T. and becoming a “2,000-miler,” multi-day hikers tackle any stretch of the A.T. short of thru-hiking.
  • Thru-hiking: Hiking the entire A.T. within a single year, often times within 5 ½ to 7 months; another avenue to become a “2000-miler.”

New England Regional Office

Kellogg Conservation Center
P.O. Box 264
South Egremont, MA 01258
Phone: 413-528-8002
Fax: 413-528-8003
E-mail: atc-nero@appalachiantrail.org