Sheltowee Will be traversing quite a few scenic and historic trails during his Walk About America. To get you acquainted with these trails, we've listed a few facts along with links to the trails governing bodies.
The American Discovery Trail (Phase IX) is the nationís first coast to coast non-motorized recreational trail, extending 6,003 miles, 15 states (and the District of Columbia) from Point Reyes National Seashore in San Francisco, California, to Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware.
The Appalachian Trail (Phases XI, XII) is a National Scenic Trail, extending 2,168.1 miles and 14 states from the top of Springer Mountain in Northern Georgia to the peak of Mt. Katahdin, the highest point in Maine.
The Buckeye Trail (Phases V, VI) winds 1300 miles around the state of Ohio, giving hikers a view of everything the lovely state has to offer.
The Centennial Trail (Phase VIII) takes a hiker 37 miles along the Spokane River from the Idaho State line to Nine Mile Falls.
The Continental Divide Trail (Phase VII) is a National Scenic Trail, covering 3,100 miles and five states, from the Mexican border in New Mexico to the Canadian Border in Montana.
The Florida Trail (Phase X) is a National Scenic Trail, winding its way from the Gulf Island Seashore near Pensacola to the Big Cypress National Preserve near Miami in Naples.
The Lewis and Clark Trail (Phase IV) is a National Historic Trail, approximately 3,700 miles long, beginning near Wood River, Illinois, traversing 11 states to Washington, following the historic footsteps of Lewis and Clark.
The Long Trail (Phase XII) is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, covering 270 miles through the Green Mountains of Vermont from Massachusettes to Canada.
The Natchez Trace Trail (Phase I) is a National Historic Trail, following 440 miles from Natchez Mississippi to Nashville, TN. The trail commemorates the historic Natchez Trace, an ancient path that began as a Native American Trail.
The North Country Trail (Phases I, IV, V, XII) is a National Scenic Trail in the making. Upon completion, the trail will run over 4,000 miles through seven northern states, from New York to North Dakota.
The Pacific Crest Trail (Phase III) is a National Scenic Trail traversing 2,600 miles along the western edge of the country from the Mexican border near Campo, California to Canada, near Manning Park.
The Pacific North West Trail (Phase VII) follows 1,200 miles from the Continental Divide in Montana to the Pacific Ocean in Washington.
The Pinhoti Trail (Phase XI) is a National Recreation Trail, beginning with the Southern Appalachians in Alabama, extending to the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. There are two resources here, the Alabama Pinhoti and the Georgia Pinhoti.
The Pony Express Trail (Phase VIII) follows 1,800 mile route riders took from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California.
The Sheltowee Trace Trail (Phase I) is a National Scenic Trail running 268 miles through Shawnee Country in Kentucky and Tennessee.
The Trail of Tears (Phase VI) follows the trail the Cherokee Indians took 826 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Tahlequah, Oklahoma.