The Great Girl Scout Hike has come to an end for sign-ups but not for hiking!
Please keep hitting the trails and signing those fun Girl Scouts songs. Remember to bring along some Girl Scout Cookies and that Brownie smile to share with the thru-hikers — trail magic is a wonderful thing.

Please remember size limitations when hiking on the AT.
Groups are welcome on the Trail, but bear in mind that the Trail is narrow, and campsites are small. Limit group size to 10 or less on overnight outings or 25 or less on day hikes. For more safety guidelines, visit our Safety webpage.


The Great Girl Scout Hike Map

Zoom into the US to see everyone who signed up and hiked in 2012!

Requires the Google Earth Browser Plugin.
(the tour feature is non-functioning for this map)


Our Hiker #s (as of October 31, 2012)
639 troops/groups/individuals signed up to hike!
5,489 girl hikers
2,867 adult hikers

10,670 miles covered! (section hikers)
6,540 miles covered! (3 GS alumnae thru-hikers; 2,180 miles of AT)

31 Troop States/Districts Represented
(where our Girl Scout hikers hailed from):
Virginia 155
Pennsylvania 79
New Jersey 69
New York 65
Maryland 54
North Carolina 45
Tennessee 31
Massachusetts 19
Maine 12
Connecticut 11
Florida 10
Georgia 8
South Carolina 8
Texas 6
New Hampshire 6
Kentucky 4
Indiana 4
West Virginia 4
Illinois 3
Michigan 3
Alabama 3
California 3
Washington, DC 2
Mississippi 2
Missouri 2
Alaska 1
Ohio 1
Wisconsin 1
New Mexico 1
Oklahoma 1

3 Girl Guide Countries: Canada, Great Britain, France

Shortest distance section hike: ¼ mile by Senior Troop 905, Albemarle County, VA
4 girls and 2 adults will hike the ¼ mile ADA accessible portion of the Bear Mountain Loop in Bear Mountain, New York!

Longest distance section hike: 500 miles by Joan Mayer, GS alum
“I started on March 12- March 17 and hiked from Compton Gap (mile marker 10.9 in Shenandoah National Park to the MD-West VA state line in Harpers Ferry.) I am a leader whose troop graduated from high school last year, and it is my goal to section hike about half the trail this hiking season to add to my ongoing section hike, which started several years ago in a GS training course! I am also a member of the ATC.”

Most Popular AT Sections Signed-Up to Hike

  • Bear Mountain (New York)
  • Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
  • Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee, North Carolina)
  • Harpers Ferry (West Virginia)
  • Susquehanna River area (Pennsylvania)
  • Mount Rogers (Virginia)
  • Springer Mountain (Georgia)
  • Stairway to Heaven (New Jersey)
  • Peter’s Mountain (Pennsylvania)
  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park (Pennsylvania)
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (New Jersey/Pennsylvania)
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia)
  • McAfee’s Knob/Dragon’s Tooth region (Virginia)

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

The Captain June 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

The Eaglet Express is on board to go the whole way!

Please contact me and let me know if I can help in any way…


Christine C. Brubaker October 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I would like to hike the entire AT-PA sections but maybe not all at once. I would be willing to commit to 3-4 day periods such as Fri-Mon easily.

I would like to carpool and shuttle with others to make this happen.

I am an older adult Girl Scout and have the proper equipment, maps etc. I just need GS friends, etc.

Christine C. Brubaker
22 Birch Ct
Lancaster, PA 17603


Janelle Flanagan October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I am also in the south central PA area (Mechanicsburg) and would be interested in joining you in hiking the AT-PA in sections. I have a moderate amount of hiking/backpacking experience but it has been a while and would appreciate your guidance. I would be happy to be a “GS friend” on the trip.

Janelle Flanagan
Mechanicsburg, PA


Liz November 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I’d be interested in doing some of the PA sections. I will be covering some with a group of girls, but would be interested in going to some different sections as well. I have backbacking equipment and a decent amount of experience.


Chris March 6, 2012 at 8:29 am

Liz – my teen group is planning once a month outings in south central pa (Harrisburg / Gettysburg area). Email me if you would like to join us:


GS Troop 250 October 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Outr troop will soon plan a NC section of AT to hike in April 2012. Marcia Tate/Lisa Ferguson


Outdoor 76 November 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

This is so AWESOME!! We are a specialty outfitter located on Main St. in Franklin, NC. We work closely with the Nantahala Hiking Club (which maintains 60 miles of local AT). We would be honored to assist any troops that plan on doing N.GA or NC sections of trail. We rent all sorts of gear and will be glad to make considerable concessions for local troops and/or troops doing local sections. Feel free to call 828-349-7676


GS Kim December 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

Back in November I signed us up for a section of the AT…wondering if there is any records of that and if so, will it be posted here so others could join us if they’d like?


Carol Gyzander December 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

Hello! I have a troop of Girl Scout Seniors in northern NJ (GSNNJ council). As the goal is to cover the entire AT, is there a listing of trail segments for which GS have already signed up? Thanks, Carol


Ron Rosen January 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

There’s isn’t a “master listing” yet, although I plan to develop a list of hikes in NY and NJ that troops, service units, and/or Councils have scheduled. I’m also working up a list of suggested hikes in NY and NJ with an idea of which ones are appropriate for scouts of various age levels and abilities. Since there will be at least one full AT through hike scheduled as part of this project, we don’t need to worry about “coverage” of all parts of the trail, but we will try to track what has been claimed (and later, has been completed). I can also put you in touch with your Council’s professional staff person who is coordinating this project for GSNNJ. Happy Hiking! Ron


Liz Hornbach March 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I am planning some hikes for our Council on the NJ section. I’d love to talk with you… feel free to e-mail me:


Sherry Boehme January 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I am a 50 something adult GS, with AT hiking experience and all necessary equipment for hiking. I live in coastal NC and am interested in joining hikers treking in NC in March and April. Also, I will be attending a conference in Harrisburg, PA in mid-April and would like to join up with some of the PA hikers in that area during my time there. I look forward to hearing from some of you. Thanks, Sherry


Chris March 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

Sherry – my teen group will be doing once a month hikes. Send an email and perhaps we can coordinate something for April when you are here in Harrisburg!


Marilyn Lyle January 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I am a leader and GS Leader trainer with hiking experience, but new to MA and would like to find others who want to hike on the MA section of the AT. There is a place near our Camp Bonnie Brae that is Appalachian Trail through Massachusetts.
I have some cadettes who may be interested when the weather is good for a day hike.


Laura Lane January 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I am also in MA (GSEM) and hoping to hike a section. I have hiked several hundred miles of AT in the past and have met “Mama Boots! Let me know your plans and maybe I can join you. I plan to lead a group of adults in a hike during our adult “Great Escape” weekend next September in NH. Laura


Denise January 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

My daughter and I would like to join others that may be hiking in our neck of the woods – ie: New River Valley, Virginia – We live in Radford and are willing to travel to meet up with others. Please let us know if you have anything planned – We love to hike!


Jennifer "Mtn Junkie" Pfister April 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Denise – Giles Co GS are doing a backpacking trip for the Great GS Hike:


Amy Coale March 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

My daugfhter and I went to the Girl Scout AT hike kick off today in Harper’s Ferry, we then hiked about 4 miles of the trail. We have hiked the AT before but today was very special, we had a wonderful time and I will be bringing my troop back after cookie booth season is over.
Today was one GREAT DAY!!!! Thank you everyone.smiles


Joan Mayer March 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

I “retired” as an adult advisor this year when the last of my Ambassador troop graduated from high school and started section hiking the AT in August in “bits and pieces. I started more seriously Feb 1, 2012 and just completed a section from Shenandoah National Park in VA to the MD-PA state line. I would love to join GS groups in either VA or PA in April and May. Daisy, my golden retriever has been my partner so far, but I would love to hike with GS who can talk!


Cecile March 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I can’t remember if I signed up for one or two sections – is there any way to refer back to what I said we were going to do? The Google Earth map is not working for me. Does it matter if I change my hike? We are from New York but are planning to hike in Connecticut. Thanks!


jenniferpfister March 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Hi Cecile – Here’s what you reported to us:
“State of Connecticut from CT Route 341 to CT Route 4 in the towns of Kent and Cornwall Bridge. This is an 11-mile section that we would hike in several hikes over the March – October time period, if we do it all. We may only be able to do a smaller part of this section. Or maybe we will do it in several days.”

And yes, you may change your hike – just let us know what section. We have duplicate section hiking all over the AT – and one troop is planning on hiking the entire CT AT area so you’re good with whatever you pick! Thanks and Happy Trails!


Cecile April 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Thanks, Jennifer! We are planning our trip, hopefully for late June, as a 2-night trip for the Adventurer Senior GS badge. I don’t know if we will make all 11 miles, but this is the section we will hike within.


Jennifer "Mtn Junkie" Pfister April 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Sounds like a plan! Just do it and have fun!


Christy Porterfield April 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

We are preparing for the AREA57 trip! That is 57 miles of Giles County, Virginia in 5 days. WHEW! The hike is based on an alien theme being Green, sustainability, and LNT. We are very excited (and a little nervous… needless to say conditioning is in order)! We welcome everyone to join us!


Chris Petty May 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hi, I’m from Dutchess County, Fishkill, NY area. We are hoping to schedule a short hike august 25. Wondering if any other folks out there are interested in a short trek?


Jane Ferrall July 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Is there anywhere on this site to register or log the miles that actually were hiked? During this season I have already hiked sections of CT and MA with three different groups of Girl Scouts, am planning another trip for August to cover all of CT, and would like to record the troop numbers and miles hiked.


jenniferpfister July 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Jane – this the only place to register actual or estimates of miles hiked – via our sign-up page:

This will record and map all of the hikes of The Great Girl Scout Hike. Thanks & Happy Trails!


Backpacking Barbara; A-Mama July 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Great Girl Scout Hike goes international! Add Canada and England Hikers to our list! 3 months left until October 31! Girls Rock….hike the rocks!


Beth Shapiro September 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I have a Brownie troop (3rd graders) in Essex County New Jersey (North Caldwell) and just came upon this. I would love to get some advice regarding what section(s) might be best to attempt with them. I want to gauge distance to get there as well as trail difficulty. Can anyone provide direction on this?

Thanks very much.


jenniferpfister September 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Check out our fav hiking guide resource via the ATC’s website:—nj

This will get you and your troop on the trails. Also please feel free to contact your local AT Club-Great GS Hike contact: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, Ron Rosen (also a GS troop co-leader) via email at:

Thanks & Happy Trails!


Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }