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Appalachian Trail – Pen Mar to Raven Rock Hollow, including High Rock & Devil’s Racecourse (South Mountain State Park, MD)

After 229 miles in Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail (AT) spends a relatively brief 41 miles running through Maryland, mostly following the lengthy ridgeline of South Mountain. While thru-hikers will breeze through the state in 2-3 days, day-trippers can complete the … Continue reading

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Dickey Ridge Trail – Section 2 (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

Continuing where the Dickey Ridge Trail – Section 1 left off, the second half of the Dickey Ridge Trail extends five miles from the Dickey Ridge Picnic Area to Compton Gap in Shenandoah National Park’s North District. Highlights include a … Continue reading

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Top 10 Hikes of 2016

Live and Let Hike hit its stride in 2016, nearly tripling the number of visitors and page views seen in 2015. I also passed a new milestone—my 200th blog post—and greatly expanded the geographic breadth and depth of hike descriptions, … Continue reading

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South Ridge-Ambassador Whitehouse Trail Loop (Sky Meadows State Park, VA)

More than a dozen hiking trails crisscross northern Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park, situated on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains—and there is perhaps no better hike in the park than the moderately strenuous circuit described here. Scenic … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail to Raven Rocks (North Blue Ridge area, VA/WV)

The area between Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park and West Virginia’s Harper’s Ferry boasts a section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) billed as the “Roller Coaster,” one of the AT’s toughest, up-and-down grinds. This 5-mile out-and-back to Raven Rocks covers … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail to Compton Peak (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

From the northern entrance of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, it takes more than 10 miles to clear Dickey Ridge and reach the “real” mountains of the Blue Ridge by car. 2,909-foot Compton Peak, situated 10.4 miles up Skyline Drive, is … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail to Weverton Cliffs (South Mountain State Park, MD)

Perched at the southern tip of South Mountain, more than 500 feet above the Potomac River, Weverton Cliffs in central Maryland is easily one of the state’s most scintillating viewpoints. It is also relatively easily accessible—less than a mile’s hike … Continue reading

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Loudoun Heights Trail (Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, WV)

– Civil War Series – In September 1862, Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson used Loudoun Heights as a staging ground for the bombardment of the picturesque—but also strategic—town of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Today, remnants of the Civil War have mostly … Continue reading

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Visitor Center to Lower Town Trail Loop (Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, WV)

– Civil War Series – The importance of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia in influencing the course of American history is hard to overstate. This picturesque town, situated at the confluence of two rivers in a majestic valley, played host to … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail to Annapolis Rocks and Black Rock (South Mountain State Park, MD)

The 2.5-mile trek to Annapolis Rocks is one of the most popular hikes in northwest Maryland and features sweeping views of Hagerstown Valley, Greenbrier Lake, and beyond. One mile farther, hikers can get an even better—and more private—vista from Black … Continue reading

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