Not everyone has the gumption to hike the entire 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a trek commonly known as a thru-hike. But if you’re tackling one of the world’s most epic hiking trails, you’ll likely make some strategic pit stops in towns along the way. And if you’re not? Even if you’re just planning a day hike, there are a handful of quaint towns along the way that are worth a visit, from Monson in Maine to Helen in Georgia. Happy hiking!