"The name alone has such a wild, inspiring, and inviting feel," says Scott Adams, a member of Backpacker's regional reader panel. "And the fact that we East Coasters have a substantial chunk of rugged, uncrossed trail is amazing. We should all see that as an invitation." The extra-burly route along the Appalachian Trail stretches from ME 15 in Monson to Abol Bridge in Baxter State Park. Download or print turn-by-turn directions, get GPS coordinates, and see more photos at backpacker.com/hikes/542144.
Kris Wagner, map editor