Long Distance Trails in the USA

It occurs to be that my previous post on the Great Eastern Trail (GET) and the Appalachian Trail (AT) seemed to suggest that there are only a few long distance trails in the United States. In addition to the GET, and the AT, I also mention the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). While the AT, PCT, and CDT make up what is commonly referred to as the Triple Crown, there are many other long distance (some even longer than these) in the USA. Some are so long that the list of thru-hikers (a person who walks the entire trail in a single year, more or less non-stop) is in the single digits.

There are so many trails, with so much variety, I’m beginning to wonder why the AT receives what appears to be the bulk of the long distance thru-hikers. It is making me reconsider my own nascent thru-hike plans.

Below is a list of trails greater than 100 miles I found on wikipedia. I then made notes (to myself if no one else) and created a hyperlink to either the trail’s maintaining body, or the best information page I could find. I will likely link this as a resource page at some point, and periodically update it as appropriate.

Allegheny Trail 330 WV
American Discovery Trail 6,800 Coast to coast across USA
Appalachian Trail 2,178 GA-ME
Arizona Trail 790 Mexico to Utah
Bartram Trail 153 Connects to AT. GA&NC
Bay Area Ridge Trail 500 Circles San Francisco Bay
Benton MacKaye Trail 300 Connects to AT at Springer Mtn
Bigfoot Trail 400 NW CA
Bay Circuit Trail 200 Circumnavigate Massachusetts Bay
Buckeye Trail 1,444 Circles Ohio
C&O Canal Trail 184.5 Old towpath for C&O canal on the Potomac.
Cohos Trail 162 NH, Crawford Notch to Canadian border.
Colorado Trail 483 Central Colorado
Continental Divide Trail (CDT) 3,100 Part of the triple crown. Mexico to Canada
Cumberland Trail 175 Tennessee
East Coast Greenway 3000 Links major East Coast Cities. Under construction.
Eastern Continental Trail 5,400 Key West, FL to Belle Isle, Newfoundland
Finger Lakes Trail 557.7 Western New York
Florida Trail 1,400
Grand Enchantment Trail 730 AZ-NM e-w wilderness trail
Great Allegheny Passage 150 Rail trail MD-PA. Might be interesting…
Great Eastern Trail 1,600 Alabama-New York. Sizable gaps still exist.
Great Western Trail 4.455 Western Rockies
Great Western Loop 6,800 PCT, PNT, CDT and other trails
Hayduke Trail 800 UT&AZ linking national parks
Highlands Trail 162.7 NY & NJ
Horse Shoe Trail 140 SE PA
Ice Age Trail 1,200 Wisconsin (incomplete; but impressive)
Idaho Centennial Trail 900 north-south
Iditarod Trail 1,025 Alaskan wilderness
International Appalachian Trail 1,900 Extends AT north from Katahdin to Newfoundland.
John Muir Trail 211 Sierra Nevadas – Yosemite Valley
Katy Trail 240 Missouri
Lone Star Hiking Trail 120 Sam Houston National Forest, TX
Long Path 347.4 NY/NJ: GW Bridge to Albany
Long Trail 272 Vermont: MA-Can borders
Mason-Dixon Trail 190 PA/MD
Metacomet-Monadnock Trail 114 NH – Might be a good one weeker
Michigan shore to shore trail 220 Lake Michigan-Lake Huron
Mountains to Sea Trail 1,000 NC. Incomplete.
North Country Trail 4,600 Northern USA, NY-ND
Northville-Placid Trail 125 Adirondack State Preserve
OC&E Woods Line State Trail 105 Oregon
Oregon Coast Trail 362 Pacific Coast
Ouachita National Recreation Trail 223 OK and AR
Ozark Highlands Trail 180 Ozark National Forest, AR
Ozark Trail 350 Missouri
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 2,654 Mexico – Canada, Triple Crown Trail
Pacific Northwest Trail 1,200 Pacific Northwest
Palmetto Trail 425 Southern Appalachians (290mi complete)
Pennsylvania Mid State Trail (MST) 327 Traverses state
Pinhoti Trail 335 AL&GA. Connects to AT
Potomac Heritage Trail 830 Mostly complete, but large sections follow public roads
River to River Trail 126 Illinois, Ohio R. to Mississippi R.
Sheltowee Trace Trail 282 KY. Daniel Boon National Forest.
Sierra High Route 195 Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo Notional Forest, Yoesemite National Park
Superior Hiking Trail 275 MN, north shore of Lake Superior
Tahoe Rim Trail 165 circles Lake Tahoe
Tahoe – Yosemite Trail 180 CA
Theodore Solomons Trail 271 CA
Tuscarora Trail 252 Appalachians in PA, MD, VA & WV

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