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.
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
the way, it is much more fun to fly with you flightsim settings
reflecting the reality... up to you!
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
The Appalachian Trail:
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
The Trail is roughly 2,180 miles long, passing through 14 states.
Thousands of volunteers contribute roughly 220,000 hours to the A.T.
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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Yoland Grosjean for St Paul Airlines