long-distance hiking and biking trail across the United States
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The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is long-distance hiking and biking trail that crosses the continental United States.

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Map of American Discovery Trail

The ADT comprises 6,800 miles (10,944 km) of trails, though this includes a loop in the Great Plains and Midwest where the trail splits and becomes two parallel trails. It is possible to walk from coast to coast using only 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of trail. Horses and bicycles are allowed on most segments of the trail.

Parts of the trail runs parallel to the Lincoln Highway, which was the first transcontinental highway.

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The official termini are:

The ADT passes through the following states:

The ADT passes by several major cities which are probably good points of entry. A few of the cities on/near the ADT are:

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  • 1 Lewes
  • 2 Milton  
  • 3 Bridgeville
  • 4 Adamsville  

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The following long-distance walking trails connect or come within close proximity to the ADT:

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