Eastern Continental Trail
|Eastern Continental Trail|
Route of the Eastern Continental Trail through the eastern United States and Canada
|Length||5400 mi (8690 km)|
|Location||Eastern United States and Canada|
|Trailheads||Key West, Florida
Belle Isle (Newfoundland and Labrador)
|Elevation change||6,643 ft (2,025 m)|
|Highest point||Clingmans Dome|
|Lowest point||Key West|
|Trail difficulty||Moderate to Strenuous|
|Season||Summer in northern sections, year round in southernmost sections|
American black bears
The Eastern Continental Trail (ECT) is a combination of North American long-distance hiking trails, from Key West, Florida to Belle Isle (Newfoundland and Labrador) a distance of 5,400 miles (8,700 km). A thru-hike on this system of trails requires almost a year to complete. The first person to complete the ECT from Key West to Cap Gaspe, Quebec, was John Brinda from Washington State, in 1997.
From south to north, the route strings together the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, the Florida Trail, a walk in forests and along roads through southern Alabama, the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail and part of the Benton MacKaye Trail in Georgia, to reach the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. The Appalachian Trail connects with the International Appalachian Trail; through Maine, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The trail system was named by long-distance hiker M. J. Eberhart (trailname: Nimblewill Nomad).
Trails listed in order from north to south.
- International Appalachian Trail
- Appalachian Trail
- Benton MacKaye Trail
- Pinhoti Trail
- Alabama roadwalk
- Florida Trail
- Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (not finished as of 2012)
- "Resume: John C. Brinda". John C. Brinda. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- "Eastern Continental Trail Guide". M. J. Eberhart. Retrieved 2009-12-20.