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Activities: Hiking

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Find at least a portion of the AT to hike

With over 2100 miles of trail, you simply must hike a portion of it. Snap a picture of your kids by an AT trail marker. Ask the backpackers where they are headed. Our guy said... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Southington, Connecticut
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Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

With over 2100 miles of trail, you simply must hike a portion of it. Snap a picture of your kids by an AT trail marker. Ask the backpackers where they are headed. Our guy said Maine and we told him where we were from CT. He stopped in his tracks because that is his home state as well.

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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

hiked the appalachian trail in the morning, absolutely beautiful and not many people at that time. As close to nature as you can get

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We only hike the trail when it crossed our path to overlooks and such, but it still made us feel as though we were adventurers

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Awesome experience being on the AT again. Well marked trail with good hiking surface. Went on the AT during 3 circuit hikes in the central part of park and Can't wait to go back again!

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

From the amphitheatre to the North, the hike to Lewis Falls is tougher than you might expect. Approaching along the fire road further south is a lot easier, though the last 50 yards to the observation area is quite tricky if you're not a good walker. The falls themselves are quite pretty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This section of the AT is a convenient stop for through hikers. For hoppig on, it's a great opportunity to day hike on some well marked and maintained trails.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Hiked the few miles around Big Meadows several times with my young children while camping. Gorgeous forests, great views, and lots of black bears. We have spotted at least one three trips in a row.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I only did a fraction of the Appalachian trail in the Shenandoah national park. If you are contemplating the 2100-odd mile walk, set aside a few months! Also, worth reading Bill Bryson's 'A walk in the woods'.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Do not miss the opportunity to do a hike on the historic Appalachian Trail. The AT passes through Shenandoah National Park and is available to anyone who wants to hike a section of it. The level of difficulty on the AT varies from easy to hard, so be sure to check maps and talk to the Rangers at the visitors... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We visited the Appalachian Trail when the weather was quite unsettled. Even then, there were quite a few options. I won't recommend trails that have steep sections, but there are many other choices. We even came across a Civic War Cemetery. Definitely worth taking the trail if you are in the area.

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