Great Eastern Trail – Appalachian Trail Hike
Welcome to the official website for the GET-AT Hike!
We’re so excited to get the chance to hike 2,174 miles to spread the word about the Great Eastern Trail–one blaze at a time. You can read more about the trails, view maps and photos, read about the hikers & our blogs about our journey on this site. Feel free to leave comments & encouragement – we will need y’all to keep us in touch with the real world!
Great Eastern Trail
In 2005 the trails community, including representatives from the American Hiking Society and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance program, gathered to propose the “Great Eastern Trail”, or GET. GET will both link existing trails in the Appalachian Mountains and support the building of new trails to establish a new, long-distance trail stretching 2,000 miles from Alabama to New York. This trail will also be a link to over 10,000 miles of trail in the east, connecting such trails as the North Country Scenic Trail in NY and the Florida National Scenic Trail. The trail will provide an alternative to the Appalachian Trail to help ease crowding and its impact on the environment. The formation of GET will also help to protect the natural hiking trail corridors for future generations. This trail complements the existing eight national scenic trails, providing recreational opportunities for the entire East Coast.
The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a footpath extending 2,174 miles from Georgia to Maine. The AT is registered as a National Scenic Trail which is part of the National Park System. Along it’s course it crosses 14 different states, passes through more than 60 federal, state, and local parks and forests. The trail “corridor” ranges from only a few hundred feet wide to covering huge expanses of wilderness. The trail encounters a wide array of flora & fauna, topography, and wildlife–not least of all the hikers one will stumble upon on the trail.
The GET-AT Hike is a boy, a girl, & a dog embarking on a 2,174-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail to spread the word about–and enthusiasm for–the development of the Great Eastern Trail. Hikers Andy & Susan have been looking forward to hiking the AT for as long as they can remember, and, having finally decided to make the trip, they wanted to both enjoy the time spent away from the world, yet still give something back during their walk. To be able to spread the word about this trail & raise money to help it along on its way towards realization felt like the perfect opportunity for them to give back to the hiking community.
Andrew Grizzell, Susan Baxley, & a 2 year old black lab named Corley will leave Springer Mountain in March, embarking on the six month 2,174 mile journey to Maine. Andy & Susan are outdoor enthusiasts, having worked as white-water rafting guides for the Nantahala Outdoor center for several years on the Chattooga River. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the severe drought that is driving their shift from water to land, but the desire to leave civilization behind to enjoy the wilderness and adventure that the AT offers. They heard about the GET through the American Hiking Society and were excited about the possibility of supporting the creation of a trail that offers a more remote wilderness experience and a network of hiking trails in the East, offering 10,000 miles of new trails & countless opportunities for adventures.