The Appalachian Trail is the east coast’s strongest attraction for hikers because of its variety, ubiquity, and age; since its inception in the 1920’s, its natural beauty has made hikers return again and again. Side trails abound around portions of the AT, and many dedicated conservation organizations maintain various sections of the 2,200 mile trail, making the AT an important institution for the outdoors community all along the east coast. Though most FOOT trips follow the AT, FOOT’s Appalachian Trail region is located near the Housatonic river valley and around the intersection of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.
Most FOOT trips take place in Appalachian Trail region, with its 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 more moderate terrain, and are designed to provide a well-balanced experience that allows FOOTies to enjoy nature and new company! If you’d like to learn more about the Appalachian Trail, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.