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    Early planning for a winter trip, suggestions wanted.

    My company has decided to have a shutdown between Christmas and New Years this year, and allow me to use my vacation time (yeah). Since my wife cannot take vacation then I might as well go to the woods.

    I live in southern Indiana and need to find someplace I can drive to, and would like a trail about 50 miles long (or section of a longer trail). I was thinking of a section of the Pinhoti, but am open to other suggestions. I would like to go somewhere in the southeast and minimize my chances of 33 deg and rain. Don't get me wrong I like cold and snow just not near freezing and rain.

    Please give me your thoughts and suggestions.

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    There's West Virginia. The weather that time of year is variable, but there's a good chance of nice, cold, snowy conditions in the Cranberry Wilderness at 4000 feet. I should be here just after Christmas and would welcome a winter trip to get ready for Mt. Rogers in January. Are you figuring on snowshoes or cross-country skis and pulling a pulk? Might need to adjust the distance to suit the mode of travel and time available.

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    I got no suggestions.
    BUT, I would sure like to join you.
    I do NOT know my work schedule as they are talking about radically changing it, but keep me posted if you want company & as I got at least 2 weeks vacation coming my schedule shouldn't be a real issue.
    I second the not hiking in 33 degree rain, been there did that, not fun!
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    When the higher mountains in Georgia and North Carolina get really cold during winter, I often find the Chattooga River Trail to be a bit warmer since it's lower elevation. It can be combined with sections of the Bartram Trail or the Foothills Trail for a longer trip, since both trails intersect it.

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    Early planning for a winter trip, suggestions wanted.

    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    There's West Virginia. The weather that time of year is variable, but there's a good chance of nice, cold, snowy conditions in the Cranberry Wilderness at 4000 feet. I should be here just after Christmas and would welcome a winter trip to get ready for Mt. Rogers in January. Are you figuring on snowshoes or cross-country skis and pulling a pulk? Might need to adjust the distance to suit the mode of travel and time available.
    Sounds like a nice location. I was not familiar with the Cranberry Wilderness before so I looked it up. I would like to go there sometime, but I am not equipped to snowshoe just yet. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Early planning for a winter trip, suggestions wanted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    I got no suggestions.
    BUT, I would sure like to join you.
    I do NOT know my work schedule as they are talking about radically changing it, but keep me posted if you want company & as I got at least 2 weeks vacation coming my schedule shouldn't be a real issue.
    I second the not hiking in 33 degree rain, been there did that, not fun!
    Sure glad to have you along. I will post details when everything is worked out.

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    Early planning for a winter trip, suggestions wanted.

    Quote Originally Posted by joanwest View Post
    When the higher mountains in Georgia and North Carolina get really cold during winter, I often find the Chattooga River Trail to be a bit warmer since it's lower elevation. It can be combined with sections of the Bartram Trail or the Foothills Trail for a longer trip, since both trails intersect it.
    Thanks for the suggestion, I will look into it.

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