Appalachian Trail Photos To Inspire You

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best appalachian trail photos - springer mountain

Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail . photo: Bruce Tuten / Flickr

best appalachian trail photos - laurel falls

Laurel Falls near Dennis Cove, Tennessee. [photo: fPat Murray / Flickr]

best appalachian trail photos - butterfly

Clingman’s Dome is the highest point (6,643 feet) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Along the walkway from the parking lot to the observation deck there are large patches of blooming bee balm during the month of August. Amongst these blooms, large numbers butterflies feed and create a colorful contrast to the foliage and blooms. [photo: Raymond Gobis / Flickr]

photo: Tim Hamilton / Flickr

photo: Tim Hamilton / Flickr

[photo: Curtis Martino / Flickr]

[photo: Curtis Martino / Flickr]

best appalachian trail photos - hawk rock

A view from Hawk Rock on the Appalachian Trail near Duncannon, Pa.

best appalachian trail photos - Katellen Trail

Cascades on a small, spring-fed stream along the Katellen Trail, Northampton County. The one-mile, blue-blazed Katellen Trail (named for the village of Katellen, where the trail begins) ascends the south slope of Blue Mountain before joining the white-blazed Appalachian Trail at the summit. [photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli / Flickr]

best appalachian trail photos - presidential traverse

[photo: Rand Snyder / Flickr]

best appalachian trail photos - katahdin

[photo: Radcliffe Dacanay / Flickr]

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