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September 14, 2022 3 min read

The Appalachian Trail spans 2,184 miles, winding throughout multiple states from Georgia to Maine, mostly along the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Every year thousands of people endeavor to walk the entire trail as the whole pathway is filled with beautiful vistas and plenty of wildlife.

There are hundreds of famous places on The Appalachian Trail, also known as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It is without a doubt the world's most famous hiking trail. You would have to hike a great length to see all the favorite places on this trail and some people spend months hiking along the trail.

But, if you don't have the time to walk across the whole trail, we have a curated list of mustn't miss views!


Blood Mountain, Georgia

Natural View from Blood Mountain, Georgia, Appalachian Trail

Blood Mountain is one of the most noteworthy points on the Appalachian Trail. While the hike up the mountain is testing and the view from the top is dazzling, the mountain is also regarded for its history. As told by the Cherokee legend, the hill procured its name in light of a bloody fight between two Native American tribes.


Max Patch, North Carolina

View of Mountains from Max Patch, NC

Max Patch is the largest bald that the Appalachian Trail crosses. What makes Max Patch extraordinary is that there aren't a lot of different spots like it in the North Carolina portion of the trail. Since there are no trees on the bald, hikers can see for miles in all directions. It's considered a smooth, lovely hike to the top. You should aim to go toward the beginning of the day to see the dawn or in the evening to see the sunset. Spend a few extra days in NC to checkout some of the US's most beautiful waterfalls


The Roan Highlands, Tennessee

Appalachian Trail during the Spring Rhododendron bloom in the Roan Highlands.

The Roan Highlands are made up of a series of grassy balds: Round Bald, Jane Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald. While the highlands are just as challenging as some other Tennessee mountains, hikers don't need to wait for the highest points to be rewarded with photo ops. Since the balds are treeless, the highlands offer miles of uninterrupted beautiful scenery.


Dragon's Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs, Virginia

Overlook of a McAfee Knob and Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia, USA, on sunrise in autumn

This multi-day hike hits three remarkable stone formations. Dragon's Tooth is a progression of stone monuments that jut out from the earth. Hikers can climb the stones to see the scenery of the valley beneath. Twelve miles on from Dragon's Tooth is McAfee Knob. McAfee Knob looks like the real-world version of Pride Rock from "The Lion King." Six miles beyond the McAfee Knob is the Tinker Cliffs. There are beautiful views all along the way, so you are in for a great time here.

A rocky point on Tinker Cliffs of southwest Virginia

In the End

Gallery Wrapped US Hiking Trails Bucket List

Although The Appalachian Trail is over2000 miles long and has several other fascinating views, it is safe to say that the stops we have mentioned are some of the most famous ones because of their spectacular viewpoints and scenery.

So if you have a little time and want to hike on this great trail, these places can be the stops that you can visit and enjoy everything most of the things in the short time you have. Interested in hiking other trails in the US? Here are a few more recommendations, and keep track of them on your Hiking Trails Bucket List Tracker


Still short on time? Skip the hike and take a bike

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