Use your daily walking/running distance recorded from the Health app towards the Appalachian Trail. See other users completing the same route, and don't let them pass you!

WalkTheDistance uses your walking/running distance (daily steps) tracked automatically in the Health app and puts that data to good use, by showing you how far you would be if you were walking the Appalachian Trail, Boston Marathon, or other featured routes in cities and national parks around the world. There are many third-party apps that will sync your walking data to the Health App, but the Health App tracks your walking automatically using the pedometer built into the iPhone, so no external tracking app/device is necessary.

The Appalachian Trail is really long. So we added checkpoints along the way to help you stay motivated. For the Appalachian trail, checkpoints are shelters where you can "stay the night", along with some points that provide a good view. Checkpoints vary by walk, and of course you cannot unlock checkpoints until you reach them!

Walk with other users! Walk with everyone, or just walk with your friends. You can easily add friends to walk with you on your walk. Get notified when someone passes you. Stay motivated and don't let them beat you!

This app is "activate it and leave it". It uses virtually no power while in the background. It pulls your walking/running distance from the Health app once every hour in the background, or every time you open the app. When you reach checkpoints or get passed by friends, you will get notifications on your phone letting you know.

Free walks in each category (Appalachian Trail, Marathons, Cities, National Parks), then other walks are available for purchase for $0.99 (or equivalent local currency).

Feedback welcome! This app was built based on feedback from users. There is an "email me" link under settings. We would love to hear what routes you want added and what features you'd like to see.

**Based on Virtual Walk an app that was Named Best Walking App for 2013 in the Reader's Choice Awards

"very addictive to want to put in an extra mile..."

"alleviate the monotonous nature of dog walking..."

What’s New

Version 4.8.4

Activate next part in AT automatically (can disable)
Fix facebook login

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

KAB0307 ,

Great motivation

I have been using the app mostly for the Appalachian trail hike. I plan to do a thru hike soon and it’s neat to get some info on things I can expect to see along the trail. I’m also trying to work myself up to 35 miles a day so while I am on the trail I can hopefully get right around 26 miles a day give or take depending on available shelters. Figured a marathon a day seemed like a good goal to keep me right around 3 months and it also seemed like a suitable trail name!😁 This is a nice motivator to keep me or anyone for that matter on pace with their goals. Also, very happy with the responsiveness of the developer. Very personable and seems to have customer satisfaction in mind.

walkingmanfrank ,

Fantastic App! Keeps me motivated!

I love this app! It uses the Apple Health mileage count and applies the information to track your progress on the Appalachian Trail. Along the way you can see other walkers ahead or behind you and will notify you when you pass someone (or get passed). I like looking at the trail map and reading the information about the AT as I pass various landmarks and shelter areas. 5+ Stars for this app!

Panzer Pete XLVII ,

Head North and Happy

I loved walking through Georgia. As I crossed the border into NC I bought the next segments, but I could not get my miles to register. Nothing would load. I was contacted by tech support and the problem was quickly solved and I only lost a couple miles. My trek has continued with no further complications. My hiking partner and I pass each other a couple of times a day. Its pretty motivational. 👍🏻

Developer Response ,

Glad you are enjoying it!


Virtual Walk LLC
68.2 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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In-App Purchases
  1. Beverly Hills $0.99
  2. Yellowstone National Park $0.99
  3. Arlington National Cemetery $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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