Mission and Vision
The vision of the American Perimeter Trail Conference is to create a protected corridor of land and natural resources available for recreational use roughly tracing the contiguous United States.
The American Perimeter Trail seeks to connect the land, resources, people, and communities. It strives to encourage conservation efforts through recreation, allowing all people and generations to experience the diversity of the contiguous United States.
About the Trail
This APT is a 14,000 mile long trail system that circumnavigates the continental U.S. It uses existing trails, cross-country/off trail treks, thoroughfares, and some undefined routes.
This APT will create a more connected America, and bring outdoor recreation within reach for more communities across the country. Let’s build it!
Frequently Asked Questions About the Trail
How long is the trail?
The American Perimeter Trail will be at least 14,000 miles long. The actual mileage will change as the trail is updated and developed during the years to come.
What route did you follow up the East Coast?
Since the The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Trail Maintaining Clubs had formally requested the official closure of the 2,193-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) due to the growing risk of spreading COVID-19, Rue avoided the AT. He instead created his own route up the western side of the Appalachian mountain range, loosely following the Great Eastern Trail and using parts of other smaller trails such as the Great Allegheny Passage.
How long did the initial scouting hike take?
Rue’s thru-hike took three years.
What gear did you use?
Gear varied greatly, depending on terrain and season. The first hike of the APT covered all 4 seasons in different geographical locations. The gear had to be tailored to each.
What are the next steps for the trail?
The route is being continually updated as the trail develops and we are working hard to maintain the most accurate information. The Conference is advocating for connectivity and protection of the conservation corridor that is the APT.
Will the trail expand?
Yes, the trail will continually expand and connect by creating new partnerships, assisting in developing trail organizations, and providing recreational spaces around the country.
Is there a lot of road walks in the APT?
There are some road walks in the APT, but the goal of the APT is to minimize road walking and use public lands as much as possible to create corridor of protected and preserved space available for recreational use. We plan to assist existing trails with long road walks in finding paths away from roadways that are safer and more enjoyable.
How can I help?
Head over the Support Our Work page, purchase something from our store, volunteer your time with the APTC, and share this webpage are just a few ways to get involved. We will have more on-the ground opportunities as the trail grows!