THE 8TH OF 9 IN A SERIES OF THE “MOUNTAIN RANGES” OF THE WORLD! DON’T MISS THE OTHER 7 PREVIOUSLY DONE!
The Appalachian Mountains are a barrier to east–west travel, as they forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition to most highways and railroads running east–west. This barrier was extremely important in shaping the expansion of the United States in the colonial era.
The mountains are more than 250 million years old and have been worn down over the years.
Because they extend so far north and south, the Appalachians have a wide range of temperatures. In Canada and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Arctic conditions often prevail, especially at high elevations. The south has milder weather, but heavy clouds and haze are common.
The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province.
The Appalachian Trail:
The Appalachian Trail is one of the most iconic hiking trails in the world. Due to its length and stunning scenery, people have flocked there since the trail’s completion in 1937.
While 3 million people hike some part of the trail each year, a much smaller set of 3000 adventurous types attempt to trek the entire thing. Getting from start to finish in a single year (called a “thru-hike”) is no easy feat, and only about 10 to 15 percent of people who start out make it all the way. It’s not hard to see why: Thru-hikers must traverse 2193 miles across 14 states, not to mention managing the approximate 464,500 feet of elevation gain/loss along the way. That’s a lot of trail mix.
I love mountain photos with a trail in the photo. The leading lines make the photo much more interesting to look at.
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