American Discovery Trail

This article is an itinerary.

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/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.

Get in

The official termini are:

The ADT passes through the following states:

The ADT is also accessible from the District of Columbia.

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

Go next

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. Crosses the ADT in Colorado, probably in 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 might connect to the ADT somewhere in southern Ohio.

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

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