Appalachian Trail Celebration
The Appalachian Trail (AT) is the longest, skinniest national park, crossing 14 states and totaling 250,000-plus acres. Its length changes from year to year because of trail modifications such as switchbacks and reroutes. That means a difference of thousands of steps—quite significant for thru-hikers.
Three million visitors use the Appalcahian Trail from Georgia to Maine—day hikers, section hikers, and thru-hikers (those hiking the entire trail in one stretch). Most are day and section hikers, with thru-hikers accounting for about 1 percent. We’ll see a peak in long-distance hikers coming through the Berkshires in July.
Thru-hike durations range from a full year to a blistering 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes (the current speed record). The average for the 2,190-mile trek is 165 days. And there has been a 20-percent increase in hikers the last few years. Join in a daylong Appalachian Trail Community Celebration, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Beartown State Forest.