Believe it or not, the Appalachian Trail isn’t a fixed length. Changes in the trail’s layout, reroutes for environmental reasons, and other modifications mean that the trail’s official length changes almost every year.
Many people assume that the trail’s highest point would be in the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire. However, it’s actually Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, standing at 6,643 feet.
While the Appalachian Trail offers some breathtaking views, that wasn’t its primary purpose. Benton MacKaye, the trail’s founder, envisioned it as a place for people to escape from industrial society and reconnect with nature.