According to Laurie Potteiger of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy “There are places of beauty, history and inspiration. And you know if you step out in one direction, those blazes will lead you to Maine, and the other way to Georgia.” While the trail has made news recently due to rowdy celebrations by through-hikers who complete the entire length, the path has long been revered for beauty and solitude. Potteiger shares some highlights with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.
Here’s 8 of the best places to enjoy the Appalachian Trail…
1. Mount Washington State Park, New Hampshire
The highest point in New England offers the possibility of storms and snow year-round. “The combination of being so far north and the extreme elevation makes it famous for having multiple weather patterns converge as one,” Potteiger says. “Trees cannot grow here.” But visitors have other ways to get the view: A road and cog railway also go to the peak.