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    VA/MD/WV AT SouthEast Father & Son Trip in April: Suggestions

    So I plan on taking my son hiking/camping during his Spring Break around April 14th of this year. Any suggestions for a good 7 day hike in the WV/VA/MD area. We plan on doing around 120 miles.

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    Bump - I'm curious as well.
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    Hmmm, tough call. Half of me thinks that doing lots of loop type hikes in the Shenandoah National Park would be awesome. It'd give me the flexibility to get back to the car and 'refuel' as well as see lots of the area .... but the other half of me would love top knock out another section of the AT. My problem with long stretches along the AT is the logistics of the car location if I don't have anyone available to pick up/drop off.

    Good to get the kids out and about!
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    The AT thru Shenandoah National Park would be nice - it's about 100 miles so maybe leave you car at Mathews Arm (22 mile mark) and do the 60 miles South to Loft Mountain (80 mile mark). Good food at Skyland and Big Meadow Lodge - Sandwiches at Loft mountain. This track reduces your need to carry food/water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldpappy View Post
    The AT thru Shenandoah National Park would be nice - it's about 100 miles so maybe leave you car at Mathews Arm (22 mile mark) and do the 60 miles South to Loft Mountain (80 mile mark). Good food at Skyland and Big Meadow Lodge - Sandwiches at Loft mountain. This track reduces your need to carry food/water.
    I will take a look into that. I appreciate the suggestion. My wife is actually going to drop us off and then pick us up at the other end.

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    You could always end your hike at the MAHHA Spring Hang in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania!

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    If you have shuttle service then what else are you looking for? There are enough folks here who have done the trail that have not responded that I do not think it matters much what section you do. It might make a difference to you if there are any specific points you want to hit or things you want to see. Bring them up and you might get a response. ;-)
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    Another vote for the AT thru Shenandoah National Park. I have hiked practically all the AT there plus many of the side trails. I would try to do a few of the side trails because there is a lot more to see in SNP than what's on the AT. You could spend weeks (maybe months) just hiking all the side trails.

    The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) has 3 detailed maps that cover Shenandoah National Park. They also rent historic primitive cabins, some of them are accessable via the AT. Spending a nite in a primitive cabin might be a nice change of pace.

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