Appalachian Trail VA - Damascus to Marion Segment 1

Damascus, Virginia

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It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another six weeks of difficult and rewarding trail ahead before the hiker exits Virginia at Harpers Ferry. The Old Dominion holds nearly a quarter of the AT’s 2,173 miles—more miles than any other state along the trail. A half-million day hikers hit Virginia’s portion of the AT each year. Most follow the south–north direction we’ve chosen to feature. Since hiking the entire length of the trail is a luxury most of us cannot afford, we’ve included a list of suggested day hikes or short overnight trips that capture Virginia’s greatest natural highlights. And so, whether you choose one long trip, or small bite sizes, plan on a showcase of some of the East’s most beautiful mountain scenery.
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

It takes a northbound thru-hiker about six weeks to reach Virginia on the Appalachian Trail. Once here, there are another six weeks of difficult and rewarding trail ahead before the hiker exits Virginia at Harpers Ferry. The Old Dominion holds nearly a quarter of the AT’s 2,173 miles—more miles than any other state along the trail.

A half-million day hikers hit Virginia’s portion of the AT each year. Most follow the south–north direction we’ve chosen to feature. Since hiking the entire length of the trail is a luxury most of us cannot afford, we’ve included a list of suggested day hikes or short overnight trips that capture Virginia’s greatest natural highlights. And so, whether you choose one long trip, or small bite sizes, plan on a showcase of some of the East’s most beautiful mountain scenery.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Damascus
Distance: 63.8
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, WV, (304) 535-6331, www.appalachiantrail.org Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers, www.path-at.org Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club, Abingdon, www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Geyser/2539
Local Maps: ATC map #1: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion (Segment 1)

Recent Trail Reviews

5/23/2013
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Wild horses (& a couple nasty ones). Beautiful hike. Camp at The Scales. Love SW Virginia. Gods country.


10/3/2011
0

This was my first A.T. section hike and i am glad i picked this section. Drove six hours and it was worth it. Many steep climbs and descends, do not recommend unless prepared for a challenge. Many good areas to camp if cannot make the shelters. Camping at hurricane camp is a must, great scenery and the host was very helpful. Trail guide suggest a 7 day period. Can be down in five, but any sooner could be a struggle. Do NOT pack more than 25 pounds if possible.


4/2/2010
1

This is a very scenic trail. I recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!


5/23/2009
0

Great intro to the AT. We walked southbound. Started with a Hydrangea forest, hardwoods to softwoods to bare knobs. Wild horses. beautiful views. Would highly recommend this section through the Jefferson Wilderness, Grayson Highlands and Rogers Mt State Park.


10/1/2008
0

Great Hike. Did this trail with a couple of 30+ year old guys and a grandpaw (70). Tough hike for the old timer but he managed. Diverse terrain. The Mount Rogers highland area was spectacular with wide open meadows, wild ponies and great views. Worth the struggle of Mount Rogers itself.



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