American Discovery Trail

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The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is long-distance hiking and biking trail that crosses the continental United States.


The ADT comprises 6,800 miles (10,944 km) of trails, though this includes a loop in the Great Plains and Midwest where the trail splits and becomes two parallel trails. It is possible to walk from coast to coast using only 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of trail. Horses and bicycles are allowed on most segments of the trail.

Parts of the trail runs parallel to the Lincoln Highway, which was the first transcontinental highway.


Get in[edit]

The official termini are:

The ADT passes through the following states:

The ADT passes by several major cities which are probably good points of entry. A few of the cities on/near the ADT are:


Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

The following long-distance walking trails connect or come within close proximity to the ADT:

Appalachian Trail: A north-south trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Connects to the ADT near Harper's Ferry, WV and possibly other points.

Continental Divide Trail: A north-south trail that crosses the contiguous US along the continental divide. The ADT joins the CDT from Argentine Pass on the border of the White River and Arapaho National Forests in Colorado to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

North Country National Scenic Trail: A 4,600 mile (7,400 km) walking trail that crosses the northern Midwest from New York to North Dakota. The NCT connects to the ADT from Chesterhill, Ohio west to Milford, Ohio.

Pacific Crest Trail: A north-south trail that stretches from Canada to Mexico. Crosses the ADT in Northern California just west of Lake Tahoe near Squaw Valley .

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