The Appalachian trail is roughly 2,180 miles, passing through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. Here in the Sugarlands, we host some of the most scenic and diverse sections of the whole trail. The Sugarlands includes the longest continual stretch above 5000 feet; it includes more tree diversity than Europe as a whole and mountain lore that has been shared for decades. The Sugarlands includes vistas typically only found in the Rockies due to unique rock formations that have created a section of the trail called the “Sawteeth”. From Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion, hikers experience a wide range of vegetation, many vista breaks, a backcountry shelter for overnight stays and one of the best scenic lunch spots in the South East.
Many stunning and secluded locations can be found with the help of an experienced guide. Enjoy the beauty of scenic spots, unknown to many Sugarlands locals. Such as Lester Prong headwaters on the jump-off trail, and the original “Bunion”. Guides also have amazing insight into the early mountaineers perspective. Such as Horace Kephart's retelling of the forest fires of the 1900's. You will appreciate the guided re-counting of the Sugarlands rich history along with the breath-taking landscape.