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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Legendary trail - southern SNP near Swift Run Gap

The AT itself is truly epic as far as being full of options for incredible hiking experiences. If you are short on time, but still want a great hike, the Hightop Mountain section... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The AT itself is truly epic as far as being full of options for incredible hiking experiences. If you are short on time, but still want a great hike, the Hightop Mountain section right near Swift Run Gap is a great choice. The parking area is about a mile (to the right) after you enter the park at SRG. We... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I think it's so awesome that this trail runs right through Shenandoah National Park. Each time I've been to the park I love walking on the trail and imagine all of the people who've walked it from Georgia or Maine. It s a cool feeling.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

If you are anywhere close to this National Park, no matter the weather . . . do it! Magnificent! Some of the side road lead to amazing views. Leave yourself enough time to make choices to do so.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

While I'll probably never attempt a thru hike, I do enjoy trying out spots of the trail when I can. On Skyline Drive, there are several spots where you can enter the trail and sample as much of it as you have time for. The spot where in Compton's Gap is a great choice. It's a crossroads of several trails... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Yes, the legend of the AT is an appealing one, but unless you study exactly which part of the trail to hike on, you may find yourself walking for hours under a canopy of trees over tree roots and rocks that can test anyone's patience. Some call it a character builder, and I assume it is for those who go... More 

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East Earl, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Appalachian Trail is another good place to hike along the Shenandoah Skyline Drive and on into other states.

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Thank Bluebirdsinging
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This was on B's 'bucket list' for awhile, so we attempted a 5 mile loop via Lewis Falls for his birthday celebration. Whew! It's under our belt, but not for the faint-hearted! Beautiful views, wonderful fall foliage, and great exercise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Me and my 3 sons took 4 days and hiked 50 miles from big meadows heading south. It was a beautiful hike with some interesting and enjoyable AT thru hikers. We spent 3 nights camping, 2 of which in back country.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

In October, there were folks travelling the Trail. No, really. They were really doing the Trail. A monumental accomplishment.

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Millersville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

There are many marked trails in the park, several of which hook up with the Appalachian Trail. We enjoyed a short ranger led walk on the trail during which the ranger talked about the through hikers on the trail.

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