The Appalachian Trail

Hiking The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine

The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy claims that the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail in the world.
More than 2 million people are said to do at least one day-hike on the trail each year

The idea of the Appalachian Trail came about in 1921. The trail itself was completed in 1937 after more than a decade of work, although improvements and changes continue.
It is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and the non-profit AppalachianTrail Conservancy

Most of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms. It passes through 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Thru-hikers attempt to hike the trail in its entirety in a single season — more than 2,700 people thru-hiked the trail in 2014 — and some hike from one end to the other,

The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail form what is known as the Triple Crown of Hiking in the United States

Appalachian Map

The logistics

Getting There

I flew from the UK into La, had change of airports then flew to Atlanta Georgia.
Once through Immigration I caught the Marta (similar to Amtrak to Sandy springs.
Whilst on the Train I ordered an Uber that picked me up from the station and took me to my hotel in Dahlonega. I stayed here for two days 

Day 1 to resupply and chill, shake down my pack as I had gear shipped here. I visited the post office to ship my   bounce box up trail.  I also booked my shuttle to Amicalola falls for early the next morning.
Day 2   The  start  of  my  hike!!

Getting Home

After summiting Mount Katahdin, I spent a few days in town before catching the greyhound to Boston.
On arrival I booked an uber to a friend’s house where I spent a few days before flying home   from Boston