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AT Rt. 522 to Rt. 50

In northern Virginia, the Appalachian Trail follows a long, low ridge, including a notoriously strenuous "roller-coaster" section south of Snickers Gap. It is less heavily traveled and is crossed by fewer roads than the Trail in Maryland. This is one of the best places on the A.T. for "spring break" hikes. Download Spring Break Hiking (PDF) to find out more about hiking on the A.T. in March and April. The northern Virginia section stretches 54 miles from the Virginia/West Virginia state line south to Shenandoah National Park. One-fourth of the Appalachian Trail lies in Virginia. It varies from easy hiking to very difficult rock scrambling, from busy national parks to isolated wilderness areas. *Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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