The best towns and communities along the Appalachian Trail are full of Appalachian history and culture. Whether you’re thru-hiking the entire trail, exploring one portion for the day, or driving a route in the general direction of the AT, these mountain towns are worth exploring.
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For the ultimate American distillery road trip, look no further than the middle Southern states of Tennessee and Kentucky. Both states, respectively famous for their whiskey and bourbon production, are dotted with distilleries that boast strong spirits and natural beauty that lingers. Prepare to take in rolling pastures, remote hollers and scenic mountain ranges that seem to be frozen in a different time and place. This part of the lower Appalachian Mountains is an often misunderstood and underrated part of the American historical, cultural and geographic landscape. In these parts, you’ll find yourself getting lost down winding country roads that slice through some of America’s richest layers.
These stunning waterfall hikes across the Southern United States will turn your next outdoor excursion into an environmental expedition.
Need some help planning your national park road trip? We’ve compiled a list of U.S. national parks by state. Check them off state-by-state or pick a route! Either way,