Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is an iconic East Coast attraction that stretches 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. Its natural beauty has compelled hikers to return again and again. Many dedicated conservation organizations maintain various sections of the trail, making the AT an important institution for the outdoors community all along the East Coast. Though many FOOT trips find themselves on the AT at some point, Appalachian Trail FOOT trips are located around the Housatonic River Valley at the intersection of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

FOOT trips in the Appalachian Trail region can expect a luscious green landscape complete with open fields, dense woods, and the occasional forest lake. Some trips climb Bear Mountain which, at 2,316 feet, is the highest peak in Connecticut. FOOT leaders know this area very well– we do our training here every May!

In general, FOOT trips in this region offer less strenuous hikes with fewer large ascents, and are designed to provide a well-balanced experience that allows FOOTies to enjoy nature and new company! Even though some days may have significant mileage, Appalachian Trail trips are designed to be accessible to all students. If you’d like to learn more about the Appalachian Trail, please visit