The ADT Guide

An American Discovery Trail Hiker's Companion

Dolly Sods Wilderness - Photo by Jack Prommel

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Gaia GPS Waypoints

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Pages of Maps

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American Discovery Trail Guide

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ADTS Turn-By-Turns: Corrections and Updates

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14 May 2021 - California EB Segments 7-8: Forest Hill to Squaw Valley - Added US Forest Service Alert for French Meadows Reservoir.

13 May 2021 - California EB Seg 1: Limantour Beach to Golden Gate Bridge - Updated Woodward Fire related closures
13 May 2021 -
California WB Seg 9: Golden Gate Bridge to Limantour Beach - Updated Woodward Fire related closures.

2 May 2021 - Utah Seg 5: Hite to Moab - New Segment Package - 98 pages of maps, turn-by-turn directions, services, and hiker notes. There are also 115 Gaia GPS waypoints for routes and services. And hiker tips for dispersed camp, streams, and water cache sites.
2 May 2021 - Illinois North Seg 1: Rock Island to Bureau - Added detour around a washed-out section of the Hennepin Canal Parkway north of Annawan, Il
2 May 2021 - California Seg 1: Limantour Beach to Golden Gate Bridge - The Bear Valley Trail has reopened this weekend following last year's Woodford fire. We have updated the Woodward Fire Closure Notice and map.

21 Apr 2021 - Ohio Seg 10: Chesterhill to West Virginia State Line - Updated directions with waypoint coordinates, hiker notes. Increased resolution of maps. 'Trail at a Glance' graphic.

20 Apr 2021 - Iowa Seg 4: Marshalltown to Waterloo - Updated to include detour around the closed section of the Cedar Valley Lakes trail in George Wyth State Park.

15 Apr 2021 - West Virginia Seg 2: Clarksburg to Philippi - Updated directions with coordinates and Climb Categories. 'Trail at a Glance' graphics added.

10 Apr 2021 - Missouri EB Seg 3: Windsor to Boonville - Includes the new Katy Trail route through Sedalia completed this week with updated directions, coordinates, and hiker tips. Map resolution tripled. 'Trail at a Glance' graphic added.

4 Apr 2021 - Utah EB Seg 4: Boulder (Roundup Flat) to Hite - New Segment Package - 51 pages of maps, turn-by-turn directions, services, and hiker notes. There are also 57 Gaia GPS waypoints for routes and services. And hiker tips for dispersed camp, streams, and water cache sites.
Utah WB Seg 2: Moab to Hite - Added coordinate correction for the Sundance Trailhead to Trail Notes.

1 Apr 2021 - California EB Seg 9: Squaw Valley to Nevada State Line - Complete update of our guide that includes the ADT California section of the Tahoe Rim Trail - 23 pages of maps, turn-by-turn directions, services, and hiker notes. There are also 44 new Gaia GPS waypoints for routes and services.

24 Mar 2021 - Utah EB Seg 3: Circleville to Boulder (Roundup Flat) - New Segment Package - 46 pages of maps, turn-by-turn directions, services, and hiker notes. There are also 96 Gaia GPS waypoints for routes and services. And hiker tips for dispersed camp, streams, and water cache site.

16 Mar 2021 - Maryland EB Seg 2: Hancock to Harpers Ferry - Trail at a Glance graphics added. Updated High Water Event detour information.
Delaware EB Seg 1: Maryland State Line to Cape Henlopen - Redden State Forest reopened for camping. New reservation system information added.

14 Mar 2021 - Utah WB Seg 4 - Trail Notes update to one waypoint and added another waypoint to redirect path off of long faded section just west of Dixie National Forest.

7 Mar 2021 - West Virginia EB Seg 3: Philippi to East of Dolly Sods Wilderness - Complete update of our guide that includes West Virginia's Wild and Wonderful Dolly Sods Wilderness. 17 additional pages of maps, directions. Extensive Hiker notes, plus shelter, campsite locations, and information.

3 Mar 2021 - Maryland EB Seg 2: Hancock to Harpers Ferry - Included A NEW DETOUR around a section of the C&O Canal towpath now closed due to flooding. Updated directions with coordinates for all turns.

28 Feb 2021 - Maryland EB Seg 3: Harpers Ferry to Georgetown (Washington D.C.) - Complete overhaul of the guide including higher resolution maps - 20 additional pages. 'Trail at a Glance' graphics, detailed directions, and coordinates. Plus enhanced hiker and historical notes.

25 Feb 2021 - Utah EB Seg 1: Nevada State Line to Beaver - New Segment Package - 66 pages of maps, turn-by-turn directions, services, and hiker notes. There are also 45 Gaia GPS waypoints for routes and services. And hiker tips for dispersed camp and water cache sites.

23 Feb 2021 - California EB Seg 2: Golden Gate Bridge to Walnut Creek - New ADT routing through Tilden Park based on ADT markers. Segment shortened by 0.75 mi. Hat tip: Sofia Zander

18 Feb 2021 - Maryland EB Seg 4: Georgetown to Greenbelt National Park - An update of one of our most requested guides. Includes new hiker notes, on-trail services, and historical information along the route. 20 pages of maps. "Trail at a Glance" graphics

15 Feb 2021 - Utah EB Seg 2: Beaver to Circleville - New Segment Package - 20 pages of maps, turn-by-turn directions, services, and hiker notes. Includes a portion of the Paiute ATV trail. There are also 36 Gaia GPS waypoints for routes and services.

13 Feb 2021 - West Virginia EB Seg 1: Belpre, OH (Ohio State Line) to Clarksburg - 24 additional map pages, extensive hiker notes, and 'Trail at a Glance' graphics.
This guide includes the North Bend Rail Trail.

11 Feb 2021 - California EB Seg 1: Limantour Beach to San Francisco - Update to Woodward Fire Closure. Limantour Rd and Coast Campground have reopened.

7 Feb 2021 - Ohio North EB Seg 1: Indiana/Ohio State Line to Elizabethtown - New Segment Package - 39 pages of maps, turn-by-turn directions, services, and hiker notes. Includes the West Shore Trail and Shaker Trace Trail. There are also 109 Gaia GPS waypoints for routes and services.