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Best Appalachian Trail Hikes: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

I want to hike part of the Appalachian Trail with my 16-year-old son this summer. We plan to go for a week. What are the best stretches for a trip like this?

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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia     Photo: Alyson Hurt via Flickr

A:If you're looking for something a little less strenuous than the Presidentials, the 101-mile section of the AT that traverses Shenandoah National Park offers all the glory of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley for the price of a relatively easy hike. The trail mostly stays atop the ridgeline, running parallel to Skyline Drive, so the ups  and downs are fairly easy. The added bonus is that the trail passes by Big Meadows Lodge, where you can get a burger and a beer and even spend the night sleeping on clean sheets.

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