March and April are the months to begin hiking the Appalachian Trail if you’re looking to conquer the behemoth south-to-north this year.
All 2,181 miles of it.
Backpacking in the deep south of America for half a year is certainly a brave decision. As Bill Bryson wrote during his time in the Appalachians, “I think I have a right to be a trifle alarmed, pardon me. I’m in the woods, in the middle of nowhere, in the dark…” [A Walk in the Woods]
It’d be nonsensical if it weren’t so beautiful. As it is, looking at these amazing photos of the Appalachian Trail can make you feel jealous.