The Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia to Maine (2190 miles) and crosses very near Sky Valley at Winding Stair Gap and Highways 64, just south of Franklin, North Carolina which was the very first "Appalachian Trail Community."
One of the oldest long trails in the U.S., the Appalachian Trail is the quintessential long-distance hike. The “A.T.,” as it’s known, stretches from Georgia’s Springer Mountain to Maine’s Mount Katahdin. Every year, thousands of through-hikers assemble at Springer Mountain and March and begin the long slog up to Maine, where they end – if they’re lucky – by mid-October. But the entire trail is beautiful and surprisingly accessible, so you don’t have to commit six months of your life to a 2,200-mile through-hike