Appalachian Trail

McAfee Knob, Appalachian Trail, Virginia Blue Ridge by Ben Townsend/ Flckr CC BY

October, 2021 marks the 100-year anniversary of the publication of Benton MacKaye’s groundbreaking article, “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning.” This article marked the start of efforts by governments, private organizations and dedicated individuals to build a hiking trail through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine. The Trail spans approximately 2,190 miles. More information is available from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at

An on-line interactive map of the Appalachian Trail is available at

For more about Benton MacKaye’s vision, go to

For amateur radio operators paticipating in Parks-on-the-Air (POTA), Summits-on-the-Air (SOTA) and World Wide Flora & Fauna (WWFF-KFF), the Appalachian National Scenic Trail crosses more than 40 SOTA mountain summits and passes through 6 national parks, 8 national forests and more than 65 state parks and forests each with a separate POTA and WWFF designations. The national trail itself also has it’s own POTA designation for it’s entire length, namely K-4556. The WWFF-KFF has a seperate designator for each of 14 states starting with KFF-5014 (GA). See Summits for a list of SOTA summits in the vicinity of the Trail. See WWFF List for list of 14 KFF designators by state.

For a list of parking places along the Appalachian Trail, go to