- The trail is is approximately 2,200 miles long and passes through 14 states.
- This trail is considered part of the Triple Crown of thru-hiking trails along with the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.
- The idea for this trail was first published in the New York Evening Post in 1922. The first section of trail was opened the following year.
- The long distance required to thru-hike the trail is made easier by the use of many shelters and lean-tos as well has many trail towns that make resupplying very easy.
- A thru-hike generally requires five to seven months, although some have done it in three months. The current record is 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes.
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