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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

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Awesome hike but our loop was only 8.4 miles and it was winter. Incredible views and a good workout on the AT Check out my full write up which includes directions and other things to look out for.


We hiked this trail this morning in 4:12. The trail is not real technical but at this pace I️ found it challenging. There is some good elevation loss and gain. I️ think Moderate is a good designation. I️ met several older couples on the trail that were negotiating it quite handily at a pace comfortable to them. The trails are well maintained and the views at the top make the hike time well spent.

Took rocky path up to summit - nice views but heavily trafficked on weekend. Took fire road down (boring). Overall a decent hike

5 days ago

Spectacular view from Preachers Rock!!!! Would love to go back at peak fall color next year.