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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
Activities: Hiking

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Some of the wildest and most scenic trails still in Virginia

The Appalachian Trail has a long standing reputation for being challenging yet still within easy access of many metropolitan areas. It's also one of the jewels of the U.S. Triple... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Hamilton, Virginia
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Hamilton, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The Appalachian Trail has a long standing reputation for being challenging yet still within easy access of many metropolitan areas. It's also one of the jewels of the U.S. Triple Crown of hiking. For a real challenge, and some stunning vistas, try the section between Rte. 55 and Harper's Ferry in Virginia, approx. 40 miles. Most of this section is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We drove along the skyline drive and the Appalachian trail follows along much of it. After seeing a bear from the road we decided that we wanted to explore that part of the forest a little more, and the beautifully maintained trail made the perfect way to do so. We just spent half an hour or so walking it as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 attraction reviews
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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 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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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