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Exploring Old Growth Forest in Historic Harlan County

Forested mountain view

Kentucky’s Harlan County, perhaps best known for its mining history, is also home to a wonderful old-growth forest preserve with several hiking trails.

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A Sweet Retreat at Sugar Hollow Park

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Roughly 12 miles of trails await hikers and bikers at this park in Bristol, Va.

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The Mystical Season: A Love Poem to Winter

Appalachian Voices’ Jamie Goodman recounts the joys of a winter hike and the magic of the season. She also shares thoughts from others about the perks of braving the cold and setting out on the trail.

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Adventures Await at Hidden Rocks

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Breathtaking vistas for hikers and a variety of routes for climbers at Virginia’s Hidden Rocks.

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Treasures of the Parkway

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Here, we outline some of the best overlooks, hikes and historic sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Traversing the Rock Formations at Kentucky’s Natural Bridge

underside view of Natural Bridge

On the outskirts of the Red River Gorge, hikers at Natural Bridge State Resort Park walk among natural sandstone structures and climb stairs amid thickets of rhododendron and the shade of hemlocks.

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The Science and Synergy of Trailbuilding

Building trails involves the science of physical, social and ecological sustainability and the synergy between trailbuilding and conservation. Well-built trails can look accidental but will withstand the ages and the elements.

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Pink Beds Loop

Pisgah National Forest’s Pink Beds Loop offers hikers an opportunity to enjoy the diversity of Appalachia’s ecosystems.

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The Hidden Gem of Rocky Fork

This moderately strenuous hike through the mountains of eastern Tennessee follows an old logging trail to the 100-foot Big Falls on Lower Higgens Creek. Several creek crossings and caves mark the remainder of the path to Birchfield Camp Lake.

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Trek to the Top of Mt. Cammerer

Enjoy a strenuous 11-mile hike to the top of Mt. Cammerer, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The hike culminates with a view of the Pigeon River Gorge 3,000 feet below and the opportunity to stroll around the catwalk of the historic fire tower at Mt. Cammerer’s peak.

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