Saturday, April 10, 2010

Best of the Appalachian Trail Guide

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine published an article on their website earlier this week that offers suggestions for tackling the best of what the Appalachian Trail has to offer.

BRO Magazine took an interesting take on this subject. While trying to include some of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail, they broke down their recommendations based on 2, 3, 4 and 5-day hiking options.

They offered two "weekend" or two-day hikes that include the 13-mile McAfee Knob / Tinker Cliffs hike near Roanoke, and the 14-mile A.T./Mau-Har Trail Loop near Waynesboro, VA. For experienced hikers that are in great shape, either of those hikes could be tackled in one long day.

They also offered two three-day hikes: The 26-mile section of the Mount Rogers High Country in southwestern Virginia, as well as the 29-mile Nantahala Gorge Ridgetop hike near Franklin, North Carolina.

Their recommendation for a four-day hike is the classic A.T. trek through the Great Smoky Mountains.

Their five-day backpack trip takes hikers 48 miles and includes the Nolichucky River, Roan Mountain, Grassy Ridge Bald and Overmountain near Johnson City, TN.

Each hike listed in the article includes key points of interest, mileage and camping information. To read the full article, please click here.

> For more detailed information on hiking the A.T. through the Smokies, please click here.

> For more information on the hike to the Summit of Mt. Rogers, please click here.

> For more information on Roan Mountain and the hike to Grassy Ridge Bald, please click here.

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Chuck Allen said...

Some nice hikes there!

Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

No doubt - I've done several sections of the hikes described in the article, and agree they belong in the "best of" category.