The Appalachian Trail
The New York section includes popular Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park, which was the first portion of the trail completed, in 1923. From here it’s all New England, with a short 50-mile passage through Connecticut’s scenic Taconic Range and Housatonic River Valley. In western Massachusetts, the trail runs through the beautiful Berkshire Mountains and into Vermont, where it approaches tree line at Killington and Stratton.
In New Hampshire, the highlight is the ruggedly gorgeous White Mountains a strenuous section that attracts more back-country hikers than any other part of the trail. In Maine, things just get harder, with the 281-mile home stretch considered the most difficult along the entire route, with treacherous footing, unpredictable weather and many boggy sections. The state’s southernmost section includes a mile-long scramble among the huge boulders, crevices and caves of Mahoosuc Notch, after which it’s a straight shot north along the famous ‘Hundred Miles’, an isolated section of mountains, lakes and forest between Monson and the peak of Katahdin—and the end of the road.