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Special Sections Along the Appalachian Trail

A waterfall cascades over rocks down a forested hillside.

We asked folks which sections of the Appalachian Trail are their favorites, and here’s what we found!


Pristine Waters At Bottom Creek Gorge

Bottom Creek

The Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve in Montgomery County, Va., contains more than 5 miles of trails and the second-highest waterfall in the state.


West Rim Loop Trail

Cloudland Canyon

A hike through Cloudland Canyon State Park reveals spectacular views of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.


Bays Mountain: Lakeside and Fire Tower Trails

lake view

The network of trails at Tennessee’s largest city park allows hikers of any skill level to design an outing to suit them.


Getting Wild: The Tennessee Wilderness Proposal

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Currently, a proposal to designate nearly 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as official wilderness sits in Congress. Writer Chris Samoray takes a hike through a proposed wild area along the Bald River.


Streamside Technology in the Clinch River Valley

By Kimber Ray Although visitors are unlikely to stumble upon Saint Paul, Va., by chance, those who do might be surprised to learn that this small, rural town hosts some of the most novel trails in the country. Located along


Good Ole Rocky Top: Trail Repair in the Smokies

By Davis Wax Leaving I-40 South near Newport, Tenn., heading down Cosby Highway, I slowed down and leaned forward over the steering wheel, watching as the late September sky disappeared behind undulations of green and blue earth. The Great Smoky


A Waterfall and a View at Bad Branch State Nature Preserve

By Dana Kuhnline Bad Branch Falls near Whitesburg, Ky., was one of the first hikes I experienced when I moved to Appalachia almost 10 years ago. I happened to be chaperoning two vans full of at-risk teenagers on a weekend


Abrams Falls Trail: A Jaunt to a Jewel of the Smokies

Waterfall at Abrams Fall

By Stephen Otis The Abrams Falls Trail has historical nuances you won’t find just anywhere. Located in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, the trail, creek and falls are named after a historic


The White Squirrel Hiking Challenge

Editor’s Note: We have long featured our region’s fantastic places and phenomenal hikes in the “Hiking the Highlands” column. What we have less frequently focused on, however, is how some of our favorite places were protected in the first place.


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