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“American Outdoor Gem”

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
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Owner description: Very long hiking trail spanning over 2,100 miles and 14 states.
Newark, Delaware
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101 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“American Outdoor Gem”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

I may be partial to the AT (Appalachian Trail or The Trail) since I have hiked so much of it. It really is a special gem in the great American outdoor landscape. There are few places in the world were you can hike through a country like you can on the AT. The people are wonderful and the experience is uniquely special for every hiker. You can hike as little (just a few minutes) or as much (to Maine or Georgia) as you want and quickly get an understanding that this is something special. This is a must see in Harpers Ferry, even if all you do is hike from the river to the top of the hill.

Visited May 2014
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Plainview, New York
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295 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A Definate Excursion in Harpers Ferry”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

Much more than we expected from the outstanding service at the Appalachian Conservancy to the historic plaques that marked the various sites along the trail. The wooded cliff walk by Jefferson's Rock was quite exhilarating and views incredible. Worth a day trip and a stop at a local tavern is a great way to end the tour.

Visited April 2014
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Nebo, Illinois
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63 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Premier Hiking Trail of the US”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Regardless if you’re a genuine thru-hiker or a seasonal section hiker, the Appalachian Trail has to be one of America’s outdoor treasures. 2176 miles of continuous trail from Springer Mountain in northern Georgia, through 14 states terminating atop Katahadin in Maine, are an outdoor adventureist dream comes true. Hikers from all over the world travel to the United States to trek the trail beginning in February and normally finishing by late September or early October. For those who couplet the journey, they are forever changed in body and spirit. It is truly a national treasure, something worth maintaining and nurturing for the years to come.

Visited September 2013
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Wilton, California
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1,353 reviews
670 attraction reviews
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“First steps lead to more”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

While we were in Harpers Ferry enjoying all that's there we took a brief walk on the AT after visiting the AT Conservancy offices. We walked the trail through town, over the pedestrian bridge and a bit further. Then yesterday we drove to Middletown and walked south for a couple of hours before turning back toward our car. The trail is beautifully kept, the woods are quiet and theSun dappling through the trees was enchanting. We were told the Maryland portion is the easiest of all the states' portions and we were thankful. We came across a very nice camping space with bathroom including showers. We met several groups of hikers, most day hikers, like us, but also long term hikers. Some had a thousand miles in from various trips. What a wonderful piece of history. My ancestors traded on that part of the trail coming south from PA and it was great to feel I was on a section they would have passed through.
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Visited September 2013
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315 reviews
112 attraction reviews
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“Nice Trail at least the part that I was on”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

I was in Harpers Ferry and saw that the Appalachian Trail went through the town so I figured I had to go and walk part of it.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank cainrcc
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