areas can become impassable with mud or swollen rivers after rainstorms. For other trailheads, the Colorado Trail provides a list of local shuttle services. From there, use local bus routes (cost varies) to get as close as possible to your desired trailhead, or check ridesharing options with local hiker interest groups such as WhiteBlaze (cost varies). They may sell out quickly in the high season, so plan ahead. How to Get There: The trails western terminus is at Oklahomas Talimena State Park, which is two to three hours from Tulsa and Oklahoma City. From there, take an airport shuttle such as the South Tahoe Airporter (55 per round-trip adult) or North Lake Tahoe Express (32 to 49 per one-way adult, depending on occupancy). Two are particularly popular: the Superior Hiking Trail (through Superior National Forest, in Minnesota, along Lake Superiors northern shore and the Finger Lakes Trail, in upstate New York. How to Get There: If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, youre not more than a few driving hours from a North Country segment. Best Segments: The North Country Trail overlaps with, and connects, several shorter trail systems.
Fees and Permit Requirements: None. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is still a work in progress. National park campsites, including Shenandoah, can cost between 10 and 50 per site, per night. For more remote trailheads, schedule a dropoff and/or pickup with the Ouachita Trail Shuttle Service (based in the Talihena area, and cost varies depending on pickup location). Stay on the shoulder wherever possible, observe posted warnings, and wear bright colors to enhance your visibility in frequent coastal fogs. Otherwise, fly into Burlington (direct and one-stop flights to Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and other cities, starting around 150 round-trip) or Albany (direct flights from about a dozen.S. And since trail accommodations are typically rustic campsites and shelters that cost less than budget hotels and motels, the experience may not cripple your wallet. Road crossings are few and far between.