Appalachian Trail walking holiday in America, camping

“Hiking and camping your way along highlights of the Appalachian Trail, walking with a small group in the safe company of expert guides. ”


Boston | Stowe | Guided hikes on the Appalachian Trail | Skyline Trail | White Mountains National Forest | Mount Washington | Lonesome Lake | Franconia Ridge Hike | Little Haystack | Mount Lincoln | Mount Lafayette | Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway | Baxter State Park | Mount Katahdin | Acadia National Park | Mount Desert Island | Mount Battie

Description of Appalachian Trail walking holiday in America, camping

Hiking the Appalachian Trail takes months from start to finish, but this walking holiday in America’s most celebrated mountain range is one of the best for whetting your appetite. And given that most of it involves camping along the way, you really will be immersing yourself in those mountains. Travelling in a small group, with two expert mountain guides, this adventure takes you through five states of mountainous magnificence. Starting in Boston, Massachusetts, then passing briefly through New York State to access the Green Mountains and Worcester Range, our next main stop is Stowe in Vermont. From here, we move on to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, often considered the backbone of the Appalachian Trail as well as being home to the north east USA’s highest peak, Mount Washington (1,197m). One of the hikes in this region is along the Franconia Ridge Hike which leads straight out of your campsite, with a chance to summit three peaks: Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette.

Next state is Vermont where Baxter State Park is actually the usual finishing point for people taking on the whole Trail, at Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine at 1,605 m. You will have a chance to summit this peak or, if you fancy something less challenging there is also an option to hike to Daicey and Kidney Pond Nature Trail, which is exquisitely enveloped by the Appalachians. You can also canoe at this beauty spot before heading to camp for the night. This holiday always offers options for those preferring moderate hikes with a bit more sightseeing thrown in.

The state of Maine is also home to a completely contrasting mountain landscape on Mount Desert Island, also home to Acadia National Park. One of the USA’s most underrated and yet most stunning national parks, it boasts many trails along rocky shores, through beautiful woodland and glacial granite peaks. Hike along the Acadia Mountain Trail with ascents that promise stunning views out over the Gulf of Maine from the mountain peak.

This trip takes place during the autumn months when the temperatures are still fine but the world famous leaf changing season happens in front of your eyes over the period of the holiday. And with nine days camping in the wild, you will see them at their best, by sunrise and sunset.

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Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

You will be sharing your experiences with a maximum of 13 like minded travellers and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

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Appalachian Trail walking holiday in America, camping

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travellers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travellers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of Bay Area Wilderness Training ( a charity based in Oakland California which works to connect disadvantaged children in the local urban area with the great outdoors. Their work helps to provide these young people with life changing experiences which they can
apply to everyday life. Everyone booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/$1/€1 to support this well-deserved charity and we will match this donation.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations

Our tour leaders will educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans. They will also advise all groups to keep to the path to avoid upsetting the balance of nature.

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