Visitor Snapshot: Hiking the AT

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Derek Bishop, from Indianapolis, Indiana, stopped in the Frederick Visitor Center on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to begin his Appalachian Trail adventure. After a long journey by bus from the midwest, he found information and directions at the nearby Frederick Visitor Center. 

"I'm planning on hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maryland to Massachuttes," he said. Derek's goal is to complete his journey over a 5-7 week timeframe.  Why begin in Frederick? He determined this area had the best access to the trail for his chosen route.  

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,184 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. 40 miles of the trail follow the western border of Frederick County, much of it along South Mountain.

A popular place to begin exploring the trail is at Gathland State Park near Burkittsville. Here, hikers can easily access the trail for a day hike or longer.

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Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to Frederick County to revel in our parks and recreational amenities. Highlighted by the Catoctin Mountains and the Potomac River, our 90 national, state, county, and municipal park facilities offer a wide variety of recreational activities.