No matter what type of landscape or historic sight you are looking for, odds are you will find it somewhere along the Appalachian Trail. Here are 5 reasons why we think you’ll be amazed biking the Appalachian Trail.
You will ride along many different mountain ranges in several states, known as some of the most scenic in the country. The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina brings the views of Black Mountain, Mt. Mitchell, and Celo Mountain. Crossing into Virginia, you will get to see Mt. Rogers along with the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. When you reach Pennsylvania, you’ll experience the Pocono Mountains, known for lush greenery. When you arrive in New England you experience the Berkshires, The Green Mountains and The White Mountains.
There is no shortage of elevation changes along the Appalachian Trail, with just as many beautiful valleys as mountains. Among the most famous is the Shenandoah Valley, which you will be able to see perfectly from atop the Blue Ridge Parkway. As you head north, you will see ample farmland in Virginia and Pennsylvania, along with picturesque red barns and other various flora and fauna.
Plenty of rivers cross paths and go along with the Appalachian Trail as well, including one of the oldest in the world—New River in North Carolina. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York boast the Neversink and Shawangunk Kill Rivers, leading to towns along the banks of the Hudson River in New York.
The Appalachian Trail leads through some of the oldest and most historic areas of the United States. You can learn a little something at each stop along the way! If you are a history buff, you will love seeing the battlefields and the monuments of the nation’s capital. If you enjoy the less-traveled sights, there is plenty of that as well from Dutch Country to the Vanderbilt Mansion.
In addition to common historical sights, you will see places such as Little Switzerland, NC, and the Luray Caverns of Virginia. No matter your taste, you are sure to find many things you love along the way!