The Great Eastern Trail is America's new long-distance hiking trail. It stretches from Alabama to New York, a total of about 1600 miles. This gives hikers a new adventure in the east, and will hopefully alleviate pressure on the much-loved Appalachian Trail.
Originally called the Western Appalachian Alternative, the idea was promoted by Earl Shaffer, the first Appalachian Trail thruhiker. The GET is in alignment with Benton MacKaye's original vision of braided trails throughout the east, and the GET incorporates many locations that Benton MacKaye included on his original maps.
Trails that host the Great Eastern Trail include:
- Alabama Pinhoti Trail
- Georgia Pinhoti Trail
- Lookout Mountain Section of the GET
- Cumberland Trail
- Pine Mountain Trail
- TuGuNu Trail
- Allegheny Trail
- Headwaters Section of the GET
- Tuscarora Trail
- Standing Stone Trail
- Green Ridge State Forest trails
- Mid State Trail
- Crystal Hills Trail
We hiked in part to raise awareness of the Great Eastern Trail. Please consider donating to the Great Eastern Trail Association, a 501(c)3 organization or to your local trail club.
More information on the route of the Great Eastern Trail can be found at their website: www.greateasterntrail.net. Additional resources are listed on our Links page.