View Full Version : I made an introduction article to the ADT

11-14-2017, 09:29
I was wondering if I could get some feedback and if you thought I was correct on my depiction of the American Discovery Trail. It is mainly aimed at beginners and/or people who have never heard of the ADT before. The article is here:


PS: the site has no ads whatsoever.

11-24-2017, 06:06
My father was active in the Buckeye Trail Association and as the ADT's first Ohio/Kentucky coordinator he planned the route there. Your "Ohio" text is I good, I think, as a general description of the ADT through that state.

But, perhaps unwittingly, you've left one ADT state out of your web page--Kentucky. From Cincinnati the ADT crosses the Ohio river into Kentucky, proceeds westward there for a few miles and then recrosses the River on a ferry boat back into Ohio. For those traveling west, the Kentucky part of the ADT is covered shortly before the trail branches into its northern and southern branches. See the "Ohio-Kentucky (southern route) Eden Park, Cincinnati to Elizabethtown" route description on this web site:


11-24-2017, 11:42
Would have been nice if you had acknowledged the role Hikanation played in the development of the ADT.




Tipi Walter
11-24-2017, 12:18
Isn't this trail 90% on roads? If so this should probably be mentioned on your blog.

02-09-2018, 15:29
Isn't this trail 90% on roads? If so this should probably be mentioned on your blog.


Not anymore. 10-12 years ago if I remember (yes I may be off a bit) the trail was about 4500 miles and mostly along roads of which a great amount of it was pavement.

Today the trail is 6800 miles and very little percentage wise is on pavement. It is mostly on various kinds of trails and dirt tracks, 4x4 roads, dirt forest service roads, etc. A huge undertaking to thru hike.

It is worth noting that most of the ADT hikers today to not follow the official route and do end up on the highways (I expect that is due to the 2300 miles of additional walking the official route requires). Sort of like lots of CDT hikers are not hiking the actual CDT but some 'optional' route that cuts off 300-500 miles.

02-09-2018, 17:35

I was not reading careful enough. the 6800 miles is the combined mileage of both the northern and southern route.

The Northern route is 4834 miles.

The Southern route is 5057 miles.

02-09-2018, 17:52
Isn't this trail 90% on roads? If so this should probably be mentioned on your blog.

From a quick search of the ADT website it would appear that the percentage of trail on road (paved and unpaved) has been reduced to about 1/3 of the trail.

02-10-2018, 15:21
Yup, and if you did even deeper probably more than half of that is dirt.

Hey I see you are from Wyoming. Do you happen to know the 'other' hiker named Wyoming? She is middle aged I think(I saw a picture of her once but it is hard to tell with a dirty hiker how old they are lol), fairly short, red hair, and a hugely accomplished hiker. I think I beat her to the name Wyoming but I have always wanted to communicate with her. I am from Casper originally.

02-11-2018, 02:19
If a road is not paved, it is probably dirt...

Don't know anyone else named Wyoming.