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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
Activities: Hiking

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Walk a few miles

This is a wonderful trail if you like hiking. Depending on when you hike it you will encounter thru-hikers that are more then willing to share their stories with you. Some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Howell
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful trail if you like hiking. Depending on when you hike it you will encounter thru-hikers that are more then willing to share their stories with you. Some sections are tough but for the most part anyone in decent physical condition can do a section

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I absolutely love SNP and the AT. About 100 miles of the AT runs through the park, and then there are 500 miles of side trails. Do not miss the side trails--that's where all the views are. The AT through the park is supposed to be "easy" (easy being a relative term) but I've found it does have its challenges.... More 

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Brick, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We stayed at Pocosin Cabin for 3 nights with our two kids. Although we have camped before this one definetely took the cake. Cabin was clean and just as primitive as promised. Cooked dinner on woodburning stove first night, and next day bought a carryon grill for easier and faster cooking. Woodburning stove will take you about one hour to... More 

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Silver Spring MD
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Well, we don't have the time or strength to walk all the way from Georgia to Maine, so we'll take what we can get with a weekend saunter along the trail.

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Hamilton, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 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 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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