Let's go hike 40 miles on the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia! This will be another section hike, from Pearisburg to VA 42. Very similar itinerary to my last two AT hikes. The total distance is a little shorter, but we have three big climbs instead of just one.
Expect few leaves on trees, which means lots of views and vistas; crisp air and possible snow/ice; short daylight hours; beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Hunting season (wear plenty of blaze orange!).
Friday drive over to Pearisburg and hike either 4.2 miles to a campsite and spring or 6.8 miles to the first shelter, Rice Field Shelter. Either includes the 1,500' climb from the New River up Peters Mountain.
Saturday either 15.1 miles or 12.5 miles (depending on first day) to Pine Swamp Branch Shelter. No big climbs. (We might go further if we are doing well, like last time.)
Sunday 12.7 miles to War Spur Shelter. One big climb of 1,250'. (Again, if we are doing well, we might go further, so Monday would be a shorter day.)
Monday 8.2 miles out to VA 42 in Sinking Creek Valley. One big climb of 1,600'. Grab lunch locally and drive home to Nashville.