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Discover a new playground for your low and slow adventures. Be aware that some of the airfields included in this tour have a very short runway. Therefore it is advisable to use an aicraft with realy good STOL capacity, otherwise one could encounter some real problems.
Furthermore, the Appalaches range cross some very populated areas with lots of airports and airfields, which means a lot of traffic if you use relalistic AI traffic. And the real weather can also be sometimes very disturbing with strong Northern or Atlantic wind and severe rain or snow falls.
By the way, it is much more fun to fly with you flightsim settings reflecting the reality... up to you!
appalachetrailThe Appalachian Mountains range is situated in Eastern North America. It forms a natural barrier to East-West travel as it produces a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition of any road running from the East Coast to the West.
The range is mostly situated in the USA but extends into South-Eastern Canada forming a 100 to 300 miles wide zone running from the island of New-Foundland and extending Southwestward, for roughly 1'500 miles, to central Alabama.

The Appalachian Trail:

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
Known as the “A.T.,” it has been estimated that 2-3 million people visit the Trail every year and about 1,800–2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the Trail. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people or deepen old friendships, or to experience a simpler life.
The A.T. was completed in 1937 and is a unit of the National Park System. The A.T. is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors that includes, among others, the National Park Service (NPS), the USDA Forest Service (USFS), an array of state agencies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs.

Interesting facts:

The Trail is roughly 2,180 miles long, passing through 14 states.
Thousands of volunteers contribute roughly 220,000 hours to the A.T. every year.
More than 250 three-sided shelters exist along the Trail.
Virginia is home to the most miles of the Trail (about 550), while West Virginia is home to the least (about 4).
Maryland and West Virginia are the easiest states to hike; New Hampshire and Maine are the hardest.
The total elevation gain of hiking the entire A.T. is equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest 16 times.
The A.T. is home to an impressive diversity of plants and animals. Some animals you may see include black bears, moose, porcupines, snakes, woodpeckers, and salamanders. Some plants you may encounter include jack-in-the-pulpit, skunk cabbage, and flame azalea.

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