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Appalachian Trail

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Appalachian Trail winds in and out along Skyline Drive and you can hop on and off here and feel like a "real" hiker. Fantastic views, even for inexperienced hikers or people who don't have much time. The trails are very well maintained.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Diversity on much of the trail. We hiked many trails in the park and many criss-crossed with the AT. It gave us a preview of what the long distance hikers must experience.

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Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Be sure to seek out in advance some of the PATC suggestions for "Easy Hikes" or "Short Hikes". You don't have to be a through-hiker to enjoy the many different faces of the Blue Ridge, from open meadow trails to "tunnels" of mountain laurel, waterfalls, etc. Nature at its best.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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180 reviews 180 reviews
54 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I hiked the trail which was a challenge in itself as I am disabled. And had a close encounter with a bear! (still have the scars to prove it !) Overall would encourage everyone to take time out and spend some time in the countryside away from the pace of modern life.

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Indiana
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257 reviews 257 reviews
152 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Spent a few miles on the AT - something I've always wanted to do. Our section was well maintained and plenty challenging

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Leesburg, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I did a Thru in 2012 and I visit the Trail often, for a day hike or a weekend or a week if I can swing it.

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Sydney, Australia
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1,313 reviews 1,313 reviews
921 attraction reviews
1,351 helpful votes 1,351 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was certainly the most arduous and complex long-distance hike we ever committed to. Most friends thought us as having a screw- loose and did not encourage this "at our Age. Little did they know how much planning went into our 'once-in-a-lifetime wish. It is undoubtedly a L O N G-Distance hiking tour, following a path through the ridge of... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

As a through hiker, I really looked forward to the 100+ mile jaunt through the "Shennys". The trail was well groomed, the walking was easy, and the wildlife (bears) were abundant. Not to mention the frequent Waysides and Lodges where the hungry hiker can feast. This is civilized hiking at it's finest. I highly recommend the A.T. in the Shenandoah... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Dog loved the constant movement and attention from fellow hikers, eventhough she stayed on a 6 ft leash.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Nice hike, following the stream/river and including some pretty falls. Some elevation gains/drops but generally good footing.

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