Appalachian Trail — Southern Section

Almond, North Carolina

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You may never hike the entire 2175-mile Appalachian Trail, but you can hike a section of it. And if you hike the 7.9-mile section heading south from the Nantahala Outdoor Center at the right time of year, there’s a good chance you may encounter someone hiking the whole enchilada. One of the highlights of this trail isn’t the trail itself, but where it begins. The Nantahala Outdoor Center is an East Coast mecca for whitewater kayaking and canoeing. From the bridge linking the NOC’s two sections, you can watch playboaters do summersaults, cartwheels, and assorted other tricks in the various playholes just downstream.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

You may never hike the entire 2175-mile Appalachian Trail, but you can hike a section of it. And if you hike the 7.9-mile section heading south from the Nantahala Outdoor Center at the right time of year, there’s a good chance you may encounter someone hiking the whole enchilada.

One of the highlights of this trail isn’t the trail itself, but where it begins. The Nantahala Outdoor Center is an East Coast mecca for whitewater kayaking and canoeing. From the bridge linking the NOC’s two sections, you can watch playboaters do summersaults, cartwheels, and assorted other tricks in the various playholes just downstream.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Almond
Distance: 7.9
Elevation Gain: 4,102 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Driving Directions: Directions to Appalachian Trail — Southern Section

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Apr 2018