According to the new 2011 Appalachian Trail Data Book, the AT is now 1.9 miles longer than it used to be. The new official trail length: 2,181.0 miles.
Produced by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Data Book is updated annually to reflect current trail distances as measured by its legions of volunteers. The Data Book and its companion volume, the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion (2011 version available in mid-January), are indispensable planning resources for anybody contemplating a hike on the AT.
Read all about it in this ATC press release, which identifies where the additional mileage came from: MA-CT (0.2 mile), NY-NJ (0.9 mile), central VA (0.1 mile), and TN-NC (0.9 mile). Southwest Virginia lost 0.1 mile of trail. (All this adds up to 2.0 miles of new trail; there must be some rounding going on somewhere.)
Now 2010 thru-hikers know why that last 1.9 miles felt like so much extra effort!
You can browse the ATC's full collection of AT trail guides, maps, and other merchandise here.
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.