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Appalachian Trail Tours

Uncover a whole world of unforgettable Appalachian Trail tours for all levels of explorers.
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Epic section hikes
The best of the A.T. in condensed itineraries.
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Thru-hiking trips
Comprehensive training, support, and encouragement.
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All-women hikes
Supported hikes in a supportive environment.
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Beginner-friendly trips
The easiest way to experience the A.T.
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Epic section hikes
The best of the A.T. in condensed itineraries.
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A view of a bridge on the Appalachian Trail.
Thru-hiking trips
Comprehensive training, support, and encouragement.
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Women excitedly jumping in the Adirondack Mountains.
All-women hikes
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A woman posing on a rocky section of the Appalachian Trail.
Beginner-friendly trips
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Appalachian Trail tours

AJ Martinez

I just completed a 3 day section hike of the AT with Wildwood Hiking Co., and I can exuberantly attest that Nicole Markovich is the very best if you’re looking for guided hikes or “shakedown” trips in preparation for an AT thru hike or any other backpacking adventure. She is a people person and a former high school teacher, which shines through in her patience, compassion and kindness. She is also extremely knowledgeable and perhaps even more importantly, very honest AND motivating. Her experience as an AT thru-hiker (Class of 2022) served our group (especially me) so well! She’s located just outside of Knoxville, TN and does trips all over TN, NC and other locales. I highly recommend contacting Nicole (and Wildwood Hiking Co.) before any other guides.

Khadija Alem

It was spectacular from start to finish. Super organized and friendly, with amazing views too. So convenient for a day trip and highly recommended!

Vasili K.

Planning with Good Trip was a breeze. Communication leading up to my hike was great and my tour was completely customized to what I was looking for. Amy was great during and the staff went out of their way to accommodate me.

Amparo McDowell

Marty was very professional and my guide Jennifer was outstanding! Two challenging mountains in the Catskills! Very good!

Rachel L

Our guided half-day snowshoeing experience with Miriam was better than we could have ever hoped for! Though we did not have previous snowshoeing experience, we opted for the adventurous route. Miriam made sure we felt comfortable throughout the experience but also provided us the challenge we were looking for. She expertly guided us through the park, and the route was beautiful. Would highly recommend!

Kerri A.

We did the one-day Mount Washington winter ascent yesterday with Corey as our guide and it was fantastic. We were 5 completely inexperienced climbers – to give you an idea of how inexperienced, one of our group had pajama pants on as his base layer… From helping us find the right gear to showing us how to actually use it to talk me through a slightly scary section, Corey was so patient and all around just a really good guy. I can’t say enough good things about our experience and we would all highly recommend using Northeast Mountaineering.

Zoe Zarember

Moa was an amazing guide! She made the hike interesting and fun despite the difficulty, and helped set expectations for weather and what to expect along the way. I felt super safe and had an amazing time! NEM is a great company, staying at the bunkhouse made everything super easy and you have the ability to rent all of the gear you could possibly need which is incredibly helpful. Everyone I talked to or meet in person was awesome, I would highly recommend them and go on another adventure with them!

Nicholas S.

I’ve been involved with Northeast Mountaineering for several years as a client in need of outdoor adventure beyond my skills. It all started with a conversation about climbing Mt Washington in the winter because the Mt. Rainer trip that I had planned fell through. Even though I couldn’t make the Mt. Washington trip happen, I contacted them a year later to see if they could schedule any Northwest trips. After discussing all the details with Corey for the trip, my first trip to climb in Washington state was booked and a success. Since then, I have climbed numerous locations with them, from Mt, Rainier to international locations to ice climbing in New Hampshire. Each trip they demonstrate their professionalism before, during, and after the trip. Communication, hospitality, and professionalism are what I look for as a client and Northeast Mountaineering has never let me down! They have adjusted to changes in the Itinerary, accommodated my needs as a client during the trip, and provided some great knowledge and excitement along the way. I will continue to use them as a guide service because of the unique talent and specialization they provide.

324ruthannet

My wife and I really enjoyed the guided trip with Tracey, #survivorhopefull, who gave historical information about Catawba Falls and also took pictures of us for our memories. The view was spectacular and the 1.2 mile hike was easy to moderate.

The original long-distance challenge for American wanderlust

Hiking where history was made

Fourteen states, 2,190 miles, 5 million steps. The Appalachian Trail isn’t just a path; it’s a journey through the history of the United States. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers and presidents, traversing the same grounds that witnessed the birth of a nation.

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Hikers on Appalachian Trail at Roan Mountain

AT adventures tailored to all

Itineraries for everyone

  • All-women tours, 50+ trips, section hikes, thru-hikes – experience the AT any way you want.

Seasoned specialist guides

  • Experienced guides will enhance your adventure and show you all the hot spots & hidden gems.

Beginners are welcome

  • Want a small taste of the AT? Explore a wide range of beginner-friendly Appalachian Trail samplers.
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The 5 best sections of the Appalachian Trail

Georgia: Start your journey at Springer Mountain, conquer Blood Mountain’s views, and experience the thrill of beginning your thru-hike.
North Carolina & Tennessee: Hike to the highest point on the A.T., Clingman’s Dome, and delve into the dramatic Nantahala River Gorge.
Maryland: Hike alongside waterfalls at Washington Monument State Park, and experience the peace of quiet forests.
New Hampshire: Conquer the challenging Presidential Range, with its granite peaks and alpine lakes, and witness breathtaking mountain scenery.
Maine: Reach the epic summit of Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus, and celebrate your accomplishment at the end of this legendary trail.

More about Appalachian Trail tours

  • There isn’t a single “best” month to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, as different sections have varying weather conditions throughout the year. However, the best time to hike the Appalachian Trail depends on several factors, including:

    • Direction you’re hiking: Most thru-hikers choose to hike northbound, starting in Georgia in the spring and ending in Maine in the fall. Southbound hikes are less common but can be done, with most hikers starting in Maine in the summer and ending in Georgia in the fall.
    • Desired weather: Spring and fall offer the most comfortable temperatures for hiking, with spring offering beautiful wildflowers and fall boasting beautiful foliage. Summers are often hot and humid, especially in the southern sections, while winter brings snow and freezing temperatures, which makes hiking much more challenging.
    • Crowds: The Appalachian Trail is most crowded from late spring to early fall, especially northbound. If you prefer solitude, consider hiking in the shoulder seasons (spring or fall) or during the winter.

    Here’s a summary of the best seasons to hike each section of the Appalachian Trail:

    • Southern Sections (Georgia & North Carolina): March to May or October to November
    • Mid-Atlantic Sections (Virginia to Pennsylvania): April to May or September to October

    Northern Sections (New York to Maine): June to August (due to mud season in April and May)

  • The average cost to hike the Appalachian Trail can vary depending on several factors, including:

    • Hiking style: Thru-hikers aiming to complete the entire trail in one go tend to spend more compared to those doing section hikes or shorter trips.
    • Gear: Purchasing new gear, especially lightweight and high-quality options, can significantly increase the cost.
    • Food and resupply: Opting for restaurant meals in towns will be pricier than relying on pre-packaged or self-cooked meals on the trail.
    • Travel and accommodation: Transportation to and from the trailhead, as well as any hotel stays or shuttles used during the trip, can add to the overall cost.

    Here’s a rundown of the general cost ranges for hiking the Appalachian Trail:

    • Thru-hikers: $5,000 to $7,000 for a 5- to 7-month hike, including gear, trail resupplies, and town expenses. This translates to roughly $1,000 per month.

    Section-hikers: Costs can vary significantly depending on the length and location of the section hiked. A weekend section hike could cost as little as $100-200, while a week-long section hike might cost $500-1000.

  • The time it takes to walk the Appalachian Trail depends on many things, such as:

    • Hiking speed: The average hiker walks between 2 and 4 miles per hour, while seasoned hikers often exceed that.
    • Distance: The Appalachian Trail stretches for 2,190.4 miles (3,524.8 km).
    • Terrain: The difficulty of the terrain varies throughout the trail, with some sections featuring steep climbs & scrambling, while others are relatively flat.
    • Trail conditions: Weather and other factors can impact trail conditions, which can slow down your hike.
    • Breaks and rest days: Most hikers factor in rest days and time for sightseeing and relaxation.

    As a general rule, thru-hikers take 5 to 7 months to complete the entire trail. If you can’t commit to a multi-month hike, you can choose to walk the Appalachian Trail in sections over several years. Guided Appalachian Trail hikes might be the most efficient option, as your guide will take care of a lot of the logistical prep work and let you fully dedicate yourself to the walk.

  • While the Appalachian Trail presents undeniable challenges, it’s also accessible to a wider range of people than you might think. 

    Spanning over 2,100 miles, the AT demands significant physical endurance and commitment. The trail traverses mountains, with constant elevation changes, steep climbs, and uneven surfaces like rocks and roots. Also, conditions can vary drastically throughout the year and across different sections, with possibilities of extreme heat, cold, humidity, rain, and even snow. Finally, Backpackers need to carry all their supplies, including food, water, shelter, and clothing, adding significant weight on their shoulders.

    However, with proper planning, preparation, and adjusting your goals based on your fitness level, experiencing the beauty and accomplishment of this iconic trail is possible. Guided Appalachian Trail section hikes are the perfect way to experience the Trail in beginner-friendly portions.

  • Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is not ideal for complete beginners due to its length, distance, strenuous terrain, and occasional remoteness.

    However, that doesn’t mean beginners have to entirely forego the Appalachian Trail experience. Here are some alternatives to consider:

    • Day hikes: Opt for shorter, day-long hikes on well-maintained sections of the trail to experience its beauty and build confidence.
    • Section hikes: Choose a shorter segment of the trail, like a few days’ worth of hiking, to experience a portion without committing to the entire journey.

    For total beginners, guided Appalachian Trail hikes are the ideal option. Your guide will take care of the prep work, help you choose the appropriate route, and keep you safe throughout the journey.

  • Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is not ideal for complete beginners due to its length, distance, strenuous terrain, and occasional remoteness.

    However, that doesn’t mean beginners have to entirely forego the Appalachian Trail experience. Here are some alternatives to consider:

    • Day hikes: Opt for shorter, day-long hikes on well-maintained sections of the trail to experience its beauty and build confidence.
    • Section hikes: Choose a shorter segment of the trail, like a few days’ worth of hiking, to experience a portion without committing to the entire journey.

    For total beginners, guided Appalachian Trail hikes are the ideal option. Your guide will take care of the prep work, help you choose the appropriate route, and keep you safe throughout the journey.

  • While the Appalachian Trail boasts a strong sense of community, hiking it alone cannot be definitively guaranteed as safe. Here’s a breakdown of both sides of the coin:

    Safety considerations for solo hiking:

    • Increased risks: Hiking alone inherently eliminates the immediate support and assistance of a hiking buddy. This can be particularly concerning in case of injuries, getting lost, wildlife encounters, or other unexpected situations.
    • Limited resources: Sharing resources like food, water, and shelter can be beneficial, and solo hikers need to be self-sufficient and carry everything they need independently.
    • Mental and emotional challenges: The solitude and demanding nature of the trail can pose mental and emotional challenges for some individuals, especially first-time solo hikers.

    How to make your Appalachian Trail hike more safe:

    • Experience and preparedness: Experienced hikers with proper training, knowledge of wilderness survival skills, and meticulous planning can mitigate some risks associated with solo hiking.
    • Trail conditions and location: Hiking well-maintained sections of the Appalachian Trail with good phone reception and proximity to resources might be less risky compared to remote areas.

    Personal judgment and risk assessment: Ultimately, the decision of whether to hike alone boils down to individual risk tolerance and comfort level. Carefully evaluate your abilities & the specific circumstances of your planned hike, and be prepared to adjust plans if necessary.

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