Once we crossed the border into NH, things changed, well to be more specific, names changed.
Throughout our journey we had been hiking the Appalachian Trail, but suddenly we were hiking The Ethan Pond Trail, Crawford Path, Madison Gulf Trail, Centennial Trail (just like in South Dakota), and the Mahoosic Trail, among many others.
In the beginning it was confusing with these different trail names. Sometimes it was unclear which trail was actually the AT. Some of our fellow hikers took the wrong trail and ended up in places that they didn’t want to be, getting rescued at a road several miles away from their original destination.
Once we took a wrong trail, but caught our mistake, with help from a campsite caretaker and our friend Tumbleweed. Luckily we hadn’t gone more than a quarter mile, but it could have been disastrous. And it is the only time while hiking the AT that we went the wrong way.
We were told by people in the know, that the trails in NH were named long before the AT was created, so it was decided that those names would stay the same and the AT would “piggyback” on.
Our maps of the trail listed the alternative names, and we consulted them frequently, making it easier for us to follow the right trail.
We are now in Maine and the trail is back to being the AT.