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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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Great winter hike with varying terrain. Light traction needed for steeper sections towards the top. Beautiful lookout on top of N Kinsman. Trail was full packed down on Sun 12/8 with a handful of icy sections.

beautiful views, great workout. win-win!

Amazing view at top! At least 19 degrees colder at top. Leaves make some spots pretty slippery. Hiking poles helped a ton! Took 4.5 hours moderate uphills.

Trail was in good shape lots of snow on it , micro spikes for sure till about half way point then Snow shoes to summit .. lots of people on the trail today ... Once above the tree line blowing wind and Snow needed full face mask and googles tough to follow trail in those conditions , but we summited and quickly returned to the trees

2 days ago

Started along the Lonesome Lake trail until the hut. Then proceeded the rest of the way up until the Kinsman ridge trail. There was a lot of snow and microspikes will not do the job here, crampons are recommend. It's a pretty steep and slippery ascent up. We got to the observation tower headed towards the rest of the ridge, but the snow got waist deep and we didn't have snow shoes to proceed further. Had to turn back and take the same trail back down, it was a steep descent. Be prepared if you decide to do the full loop. Bring extra layers, snowshoes, crampons and start your day early.

Winter conditions are officially here! We hiked up Glencliff Trail. This trail is never too steep, with a very moderate elevation gain the entire trail.

Simple and strenuous trail. There isn’t anything nice or memorable to look at until the very end where the AT starts. Nice back country camp sites though!

2 days ago

View at the end was all worth it. Super slick and icy first week in December. Repetitive hike - not much change in the surrounding features.

hawk Mountain sanctuary - lookout trail

The trail was in excellent shape considering the recent rain and snow. Obviously, a lot of hard work was put into it recently. Thanks to those who maintain the trail! Nice hike along and over the creek. Decent climb up to the overlook. There was a fallen tree across the trail close to the shelter. The sign on the privy at the shelter cracked me up. It is literally the “Taj Mahal” of privies!

Great hike, footing was sometimes. challenging. I would recommend. views are priceless.

Beautiful ! Will def do it again

Beautiful hike following thanksgiving weekend! Not too busy and awesome weather! Trail is well marked and maintained.

Trail is well marked, a good climb to the top with great views of MT Tammany and the Delaware River. Started at 8:30 am and only saw 3 people on trail all the way to the top. Many more on the way back down and the parking lot was full when I got back to the truck.

From fire tower on had not been hiked on as of today.

Nice easy hike. 9 miles total AT up, fire road back to 311 parking lot.

Great trail. Like climbing stairs the majority of the time.

Stunning views and strong enchanted forest vibes on the way up and down! No ice (day after thanksgiving).

FYI this app says it’s a 4.1 LOOP but it’s actually 8 miles OUT AND BACK. 3.9 miles each way. Beware it’ll take at least 4 hours to complete, probably more. We were super excited to hike this on our way north from Tennessee to PA but couldn’t because we didn’t expect it to be 8 miles (due to incorrect description on this app!) and didn’t have enough time. Also the parking lot was completely full by 1pm.

This was a fairly easy hike, no poles needed. The views were amazing at the top. Bring something to cover your ears, very windy. Get there early, we arrived at 9:30 am and were there approximately 2 hours. There were already several people there when we arrived. It was crowded and hard to get out of the parking area as we tried to leave.

10 days ago

11/29/19: went to the hut and back. Trail is pretty well packed - started with boots only, then put on spikes at the switchback and kept them on for the rest of the climb and for the way down.

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